The deputy senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, has said that many All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers are ready to dump the party for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“Today, I believe and I am speaking the minds of my colleagues, that so many members of the National Assembly from the other parties are prepared to return to the PDP because they have seen that they made a mistake in the last election by voting APC,” he said while hosting members of the PDP Board of Trustees (BOT) on Tuesday.
Led by the chairman, Ambassador Walid Jibril, the BOT members said that attempts to frustrate and frame Ekweremadu with a forgery trial will not augur well for democracy.
“No attempts should be made by anyone or group to rope in our deputy senate president into this saga of so called fraud. We strongly advise that the deputy senate president be left alone to perform his duties,” Jibril said.
Ekweremadu thanked them for the solidarity and said he remains committed to the party.
“You are aware that the Edo election is coming, we are committed to the Edo election just as you are.
“So on Thursday, the Senate is going on recess and our colleagues have decided that most of our recess period be committed to ensuring that we win the Edo election.
“We will spend most of our time with our colleagues in Edo to ensure that we mobilise the people of Edo to be able to give them good governance, to prepare the ground for the fourth coming governance in Edo State that would be taken over by the People’s Democratic Party.
“The signs are quite clear and our people there are doing extremely well, the signs are obvious that we are going to win the election. So all of us need to show commitment so that we will be able to get back Edo State and also retain Ondo State which election is on the pipeline, before the end of the year,” he said.