The much-awaited Senate election has come and gone. The main opposition party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) was relegated to an irrelevant position in the political equation with the emergence of the candidates of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the presidency and deputy position.
Senator Ahmed Lawan, the APC’s prefered choice was elected today at exactly 10:40 am with 79 votes as against Senator Ali Ndume, the PDP’s choice with 28 votes. As if that was not enough, the APC’s Ovie Omo-Agege also went on to defeat PDP’s Senator Ike Ekweremadu with 68 to 29 votes to emerge the deputy Senate president.
The main opposition party’s wings appear to have been clipped by this development as it has no iota of control over the new leadership of the Senate having endorsed Ndume for the Senate Presidency position and Ekweremadu for the deputy with both loosing with a wide margin.
Since APC’s incursion to power at the centre in 2015, the party is just getting into thick of things at the central having consolidated its victory at the upper chambers of the National Assembly.
The PDP appears to have been betrayed as its number of votes did not reflect in the number of Senators.
TheNigerian News understands that it was this perceived betrayed Senator Ndume who scored 28 votes even when PDP that has 44 Senators at the chambers this morning has adopted him as it’s the candidate that prevented him from capitalising on the votes of defiant APC senators to clinch the position of the Senate Presidency.
The PDP must have been devasted by the meagre vote its own Senator Ekweremadu got (37) when PDP has over 40 senators at the floor of the Senate.
This development seems to x-ray the level of independence many PDP senators exhibited and a breakaway from party supremacy by the lawmakers as against the so much anticipated party loyalty which the 2015 PDP senators exhibited during the inauguration of the Senate in 2015 which saw Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki, the party’s candidate emerge as the president of the Nigerian senate against the wishes of the APC.