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NASS Crisis: Ekweremadu Urges APC To Face Governance

Posted: Jul 1, 2015 at 4:04 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Ignatius Okorocha, Abuja

THE Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has asked the All Progressives 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 July 1, 2015 when he played host to a Coalition of Election Observers in his office, Ekweremadu urged the APC to form policies and programmes that would benefit majority of Nigerian irrespective of political affiliations.

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

“For us, the sanctity of the ballot box must respected in this country, that is why I am happy with the 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 states 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 stressed, 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 with a focus on electoral reforms.

This served during the 2011 elections and we followed it through with the 10 amendments 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.”

Ekweremadu stressed that presently that the two chambers of the National Assembly are now formulating legislative agenda that would guide their activities within the next four years.

He added: “Senate is working on their own and House is also working on its own. At the end, we shall see that we are on the same page as the nation’s apex legislative body.”

Speaking earlier, the leader of the delegation, Nwambu Gabriel, said the emergence of Ekweremadu as the Deputy President of the Senate was the best thing to have happened to Nigeria’s democracy, adding that this is in recognition of his contributions to the advancement of democracy in Nigeria.

This, he said, was in line with the global best practices and in compliance with the constitution of Nigeria, as contained in Section 52(1), of the Constitution, even as he dismissed the calls by some aggrieved persons that he should resign his position as the Deputy Senate President.

Nwambu also urged the Senate to make laws that would encourage the diversification of the resources accruing to the country, even as he lamented the harsh economic conditions in the country resulting from the refusal of the governors to pay workers salaries.