Abia leaders and human rights lawyers from the state have described the ambition of former Governor Orji Uzor Kalu to occupy the office of Deputy Senate President as a joke taken too far.
They also said those who endorsed the former Abia State governor last week as reported in the media, were “faceless Arewa youth” rented for that purpose by the senator-elect.
Speaking at a news conference in Abuja, Sunday,the coordinator of the group under the aegis of Abia Leaders and Human Right Lawyers, Uche Okoroafor, asked senators-elect to reject Kalu for the position of Deputy Senate President given that he lacks experience for the office.
“Our attention has been drawn to the ambition of the former governor of Abia State, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu and his purported endorsement by some faceless and rented groups for the office of Deputy Senate President of the 9th Senate.
“We see his ambition as another joke taken too far and we make bold to ask our most respected senators-elect to reject this former governor’s ambition in order to save the 9th Senate from another controversial beginning,” he said in a prepared text read before newsmen.”
He added: ”The revered office of the Deputy President of the Senate should not go for the highest bidder as in the thinking of the former governor.
“Only last week a cross section of rented Arewa youth was reported to have endorsed him for the job.
“The former governor was alleged to have dole out several billions of naira in the execution of this project .
“The former governor has never hidden his desperate desire to grab this job and his desperately doing it in his own way as he boldly said in a recent outburst.
“We ask our distinguished senators elect to shine their eyes . We cannot afford to make another mistake that will drag the name of the Senate to the mud.
”It’s also laughable for someone who knows he would soon go for a rerun, to have embarked on such a wild gooses chase.
“Rather than the former governor to support the quest for a South East speaker in the 9th House of Representatives, he is busy embarking on desperate ambition of becoming the next Deputy Senate President.”
He asked: ”Between speaker and Deputy Senate President, which one will do the Igbos more favour? And why would a self acclaimed leader trade-off the speakership with Deputy Senate President?”
Edo Assembly Swears In 12 APC Members In An Undisclosed Location
Twelve members of the Edo state house of Assembly loyal to the All Progressives Congress, APC have been sworn-in on Wednesday at an undisclosed location in Edo state.
It will be recalled that the Governor of the State, Godwin Obaseki ordered a ‘renovation’ of the Edo state house of assembly on Wednesday afternoon in order to quell an alleged plot to impeach him.
For several months now, Obaseki has actively worked to prevent the inauguration of the lawmakers in order to maintain ‘control’ over the assembly.
Following a fallout with his predecessor, Adams Oshiomole, Obaseki ensured that the lawmakers were not inaugurated in order to prevent Oshiomhole’s loyalists from taking control of the state legislature.
Below are photographs from the swearing-in ceremony.
Edo Assembly Shut Down, Roofs Removed As Obaseki Fingers Oshiomhole, Uzodinma In Police Invasion
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has accused his predecessor, Adams Oshiomhole, and Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, of being responsible for the police invasion of the state’s House of Assembly on Thursday.
Obaseki accused Oshiomhole and Uzodinma of trying to cause tension in Edo ahead of the September 19 governorship election in the state.
The governor spoke to BBC Pidgin through his media aide, Crusoe Osagie, on Thursday.
Obaseki and the Edo Assembly Speaker were said to have stormed the complex and ordered the police out of the premises to prevent “forceful takeover” of the assembly.
According to reports, the speaker subsequently gave an order of no entry into the assembly complex.
It was learnt that shortly after Obaseki and the speaker left the complex, some trucks started to deliver stones and sands at the premises.
Some youths were also seen pulling down the roofs of the assembly complex to indicate commencement of renovation work at the premises.
Edo Deputy Speaker Impeached
The deputy speaker of the Edo House of Assembly Yekini Idiaye has been impeached on Wednesday.
Idiaye is the lawmaker representing Akoko-Edo Constituency I in the assembly.
His impeachment by lawmakers in the assembly comes days after he declared support for Osagie Ize-Iyamu, an opponent to the current governor Godwin Obaseki in the Edo State governorship election.
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