Reports filtering from the Senate suggest the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is scheming to win over 13 All Progressives Congress (APC) Senators-elect as part of a grand design to hijack the leadership of the 9th Senate.
However, the APC learnt of the plan and has instituted a counter-move in a bid to avoid a replay of the 2015 fiasco in the National Assembly.
It was garnered the ruling party is in talks with all its state governors and national leaders to support President Muhammadu Buhari’s choices for the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan and the Speaker of the House who may be named this week.
The party is determined to ensure that none of its members contests against APC’s official candidates for leadership positions in the Senate and the House of Representatives in June.
Another option likely to be triggered by the APC is the Standing Rules of the two chambers to allow open voting during the election of principal officers to monitor the loyalty of the party’s Senators-elect.
Besides, the APC is discussing with some PDP Senators-elect with a view to giving them the chairmanship of juicy committees.
But some PDP leaders are targeting 13 ‘rebellious’ Senators-elect from the APC to produce the next President of the Senate, Deputy President of the Senate and other principal officers.
If the PDP’s plan to lure the 13 APC senators-elect is successful, it will have on its side about 56 votes for a majority decision leaving APC with 53.
The PDP targets are Senators-elect from Borno, Oyo, Gombe, Bayelsa, Bauchi and Ogun states.
The party is insisting that the Standing Rules do not expressly state that presiding officers must come from the ruling party.
The opposition party said the fact that it has been a convention for the majority party to produce presiding officers does not make it legal or the norm.