(By Ibalie Chike)- Although many political watchers in Nigeria saw it coming, the news finally broke when the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and Kwara State Governor Abdulfattah Ahmed, his political associate , on Tuesday announced their exit from the All Progressives Congress.
Although the information via Senator Saraki’s Twitter handle was not specific on his destination, that of Ahmed indicated his move to the Peoples Democratic Party ,PDP, as according to him, “ APC can no longer serve as a platform for achieving the aspirations and expectations of my people.”
The announcement of the duo’s defection was made public not long after the executive council of the All Progressives Congress in Kwara state, said to consists largely of loyalists of the senate president, was dissolved by the national office of the party.
Meanwhile, Nigeria’s Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, a member of the opposition PDP, this morning honoured an invitation from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over sundry allegations.
While concerned Nigerians were considering the implications of what appears like a one sided politically motivated anti-graft war in the country, especially as the February 2019 general elections draw near, the news broke that a High Court in Owerri has stopped the swearing-In of Calistus Ekenze as the new Deputy Governor of Imo state.
Calistus Ekenze, if he had been successfully sworn in would have been the third deputy governor to serve with Governor Rochas Okorocha. The man he was to replace, Eze Madumere, the second deputy governor under Governor Okorocha, was impeached on Monday by the Imo State House of Assembly over allegations of gross misconduct but his impeachment was said not to have followed due process, and in contempt of a subsisting court order.