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NASS Crisis: Ekweremadu Urges APC To Face Governance

Posted: Jul 2, 2015 at 7:21 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Ignatius Okorocha – Abuja


The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has asked the All Progressive Congress (APC) to consider the delivery of good governance to Nigerians, rather than being engrossed in internal crisis, stressing that  after campaigns and elections come governance.

Speaking in Abuja on Wednesday when he played host to a Coalition of Election Observers, that were in his office for a courtesy call, Ekweremadu urged the All Progressives Congress (APC) to form policies and programmes that would benefit majority of Nigerian irrespective of political affiliations.

Apparently in a covert response to the statement credited to President Mohammadu Buhari, where he was quoted to have said that the election of Ekweremadu as the Deputy Senate President was unacceptable, the Deputy President of the Senate cautioned that the sanctity of ballot box must be respected, citing the case of President Goodluck Jonathan, who conceded defeat in the 2015 general election to the opposition party.

“For us the sanctity of the ballot box must be respected in this country, that is why I am happy with former President Goodluck Jonathan and we must applaud him for accepting defeat and helping to supervise a smooth and peaceful transition to the present administration. This is a mark of statesmanship and we have to commend this to all the political actors. We must move forward, we must learn how to accept defeat at elections,” he noted.

Ekweremadu urged those who won election various stages of the 2015 polls to put behind them the experiences of the past and focus on how to bring the dividends of democracy to the door steps of the electorate irrespective of who voted for or against their emergence.

“Now that the election is gone what is remaining now is good governance, we must begin to show statesmanship to ensure that once election is over, whether you won election as governor, a local government chairman, or a legislator or President, what matters is for everybody to provide for his constituency.

What matters is that greater part of Nigerians voted for you but now that the election is over you be ready carry along both those who voted for you an d those who didn’t votes for you,” he maintained.

The National Assembly he noted would continue to ensure that the nation’s electoral process is devoid of ambiguity by constantly amending the Electoral Act to ensure conformity with best democratic practice in the world.

He said: “So we must understand this because, this for me is fundamental, that you continue to observe our elections. We are very interested in purifying our elections and we have been working on this since 2007; the first amendment of the constitution was with a focus on electoral reforms.”
“This served during the 2011 elections and we followed it through with the 10 amendment of the electoral Act and constitution. We are happy that we have began to get things right.
We shall begin to see the reward of that reforms but reforms is a continuous exercise and we as leaders will continue to work with you and when we see observations regarding the electoral process and if there are areas of improvement we shall legislate on those areas more so now that we are trying to formulate our legislative agenda as a National Assembly.”

The deputy President of the Senate noted that presently the two chambers of the National Assembly is right now formulating a legislative agenda that would guide its activities within the next four years in office.