The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has denied media reports that it has positioned three of its Senators to replace Senate President Bukola Saraki in the event that he either gets impeached or bows to pressure and resigns from office.
There have been calls from several quarters for Saraki to resign in the wake of his ongoing trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), where he is being investigated over charges of false declaration of assets.
There have also several reports that there have been plans by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to begin impeachment proceedings against Saraki, who is a member of the party for disregarding the party and contesting for Senate Presidency, which he won.
Reacting to a report by The Nation that the PDP is readying Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, immediate past Senate President and Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio as possible replacements for Saraki, the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Olisa Metuh who spoke the Punch, said Saraki’s trial was politically motivated and as such does not have merit
Metuh said: “We have no candidate for the office of the Senate President, because we have a fit person occupying the position for now.
“We are behind him and we can’t abandon him just because he is undergoing trial. Anybody can be put on trial, but the question we should ask is whether the trial is political or not.
“Does the trial have merit? When we see the merit of the case, we will take position. But for now, there is nothing like that.
“We are not even thinking of replacement for Saraki for now. The National Assembly is a separate arm of the government just like the judiciary and the executive.
“Is anyone thinking that there would be leadership change in the executive and the judiciary?
“Are they not independent of the other? What we are interested in is that all the three arms of government must be allowed to function independently of the other. We are saying there shouldn’t be any interference.”