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November 8, 2015 ( Post 1 )

The leader of the 8th Senate, Senator Ali Ndume, has revealed that many senators from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will soon defect to the all progressives Congress (APC).

Senator Ali Ndume
Ndume, who represents Borno South Senatorial
District in the upper chamber, made the remark in an interview with Leadership newspaper. Ndume was responding to a question about the walkout staged by the PDP senators during the debate on whether the Senate should confirm the nomination of the former Rivers state governor, Rotimi Amaechi .

He said: ”The confidence they have is in their number because they occupy 49 seats. So, they are thinking that since they have about 40 percent, they can be a clog in the wheel of our progress but it does not work that way.

”In the US Congress as it stands now, Republicans are 54, Democrats are 44 and you have 2 independent candidates yet, they working. My question therefore will be, is it in the interest of PDP to make things not work? Is that why they are in the Senate? I do not think so.

”They are senators of the Federal Republic and not
senators of PDP. So, those statements are just coming
out of emotions. Besides, the day to day decisions
of the Senate chambers require a simple majority
and the business of the Senate starts with a simple quorum. 60 is more than a quorum, it is in fact, double the quorum and if we had six more members, we would have had two- thirds.”

Asked if he thinks the PDP senators will cross over to the APC at some point, Ndume threw a jibe at the opposition party.

He said: ”Yes, because PDP is in a coma and only God knows when it will recover. As you can see now, they do not have any doctor or pharmacist and the only nurse is Olisa Metuh.”
Ndume also spoke on several other issues.

In another development, the Senate Committee
on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions is set
to resume the investigation of the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Lamorde, over a petition brought by Dr. George Uboh.

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