Coup d’etat in senate as APC senators sack Ali Ndume as majority leader
In what appeared like a coup de tat, the All Progressives Congress (APC) members of the Senate on Tuesday shocked their leader, Senator Ali Ndume as they wrote a letter to the senate president to announce his removal .
The development was conveyed by Senate President Bukola Saraki who read a letter he claimed was sent to him by the caucus.
The caucus however elected to replace Mr. Ndume with Ahmed Lawan, the letter read by Mr. Saraki said.
Addressing journalists after the Senate’s plenary, Mr. Ndume said the decision of the caucus to remove him as leader shocked him.
He said he could not tell what led to the decision or where the meeting that removed him was held.
Mr. Ndume’s predicament might be connected with the rejection by the Senate of Ibrahim Magu as Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Mr. Ndume had claimed the Senate did not reject the official, prompting a counter reaction by Senate spokesperson, Aliyu Abdullahi.
It appears Mr. Ndume, who hails from Borno State, like Mr. Magu, is being punished for disagreeing with the Senate over the way the EFCC acting chairman’s nomination was handled by the upper legislative chamber.
Following the decision of the APC caucus to effect leadership change, Mr. Saraki might announce Mr. Lawan as the new Senate Leader at the next sitting of the lawmakers.