Ekweremadu’s Constituents Carpet Buhari’s Aides over senatorial seat

By Editor on 17/09/2018

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The Enugu West Peoples Assembly has blasted the Special Assistant to the President on Justice Reform, Mrs. Juliet Ibekaku-Nwagwu and the Director-General of the Voice of Nigeria (VON), Mr. Osita Okechukwu, for building their political aspirations on lies against the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu. The body declared that the aspirations of the two members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the senatorial seat currently occupied by Ekweremadu were “dead on arrival as they have nothing to offer to the people”. It will be recalled that Mrs. Ibekaku-Nwagwu had while speaking with journalists at the weekend on her senatorial ambition claimed she answered the call by the people because of lack of leadership and infrastructural development in the zone, which she said could not be equated to the “quantum of money purportedly expended as constituency funds for the zone”. Also at the weekend, Mr. Okechukwu, while addressing delegates of Awgu Local Government to the forthcoming APC senatorial primary alleged that “what Ekweremadu has been doing in the Senate in the last three years is fighting Mr. president and not lawmaking”. He accused the Senator of not ensuring the rival of coal exploitation in Enugu West for power generation, among others. However, in a statement signed by its National President, Rt. Hon. Paul Anikwe, the pan-senatorial district body said the senatorial aspirants “take joy in always mentioning Ekweremadu’s name to make their ambitions newsworthy”. It continued: “Ibekaku-Nwagwu’s false claim on money expended on constituency project not only shows that she does not understand how constituency projects function as government does not pay a dime into any lawmaker’s account, but also portrays her as an Abuja-based aspiring politician, who does not even know the constituency she is struggling to represent. “Were she familiar with our senatorial zone, Ibekaku-Nwagwu would have known that there is no community in Enugu West that does not have at least one or two manifestations of Ekweremadu’s representation in infrastructural projects, apart from human capital development and employments. She should first get attuned to our communities. “Importantly, she lacks the temperament for human relations vital for effective representation. We cannot be represented by a cantankerous individual like Ibekaku-Nwagwu, who picks quarrel with virtually everybody, including her estranged husband; her former boss and Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Lamarode; the former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke; and now the Enugu State chapter of the APC, which she has factionalised into Deacon Okey Ogbodo and Ben Nwoye-led executives”. The Assembly blasted Mr. Okechukwu, whose relationship with the APC, it said was driven by servant and slave master mentality. “Ekweremadu has never fought Buhari, but has addressed issues of injustice and rule of law. He has instead been at the receiving end of political harassments and witch-hunts since 2015. “We are also aware the onslaughts were partly orchestrated by the likes of Ibekaku-Nwagwu, and cheered on by Osita Okechukwu, who believe that the only route to relevance and crumbs from their master’s table is to badmouth their brother and plot his downfall. “Despite these harassments, as Chairman of the Constitution Amendment Committee, Ekweremadu has, in the last three years, successfully worked with his colleagues to pass constitution amendment bills signed by the President to, among others, grant financial autonomy to state legislatures and judiciaries, reduce the age requirement to vie for political offices. “It is sad that an aspirant to the senate does not understand that the devolution of powers, that would have seen the transfer of legislative items like railway, power, aviation, among others, to the concurrent list as recommended by the Ekweremadu Committee, but killed by the APC, could have ensured the proper utilization of the abundant coal deposits in Enugu for power generation”, the Assembly added. The Assembly regretted that "while persons appointed into reasonable offices have acted responsibly, Mr. Okechukwu, who heads a moribund parastatal keeps ranting".

Posted 17/09/2018 5:52:25 PM

 

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