Ninth Assembly Leadership Tussle
As the drama for who leads the 9th Assembly in Nigeria continues to unfold, many have continued to questioned the place of Section 50 (1) (a) and section 92(1) of the 1999 constitution of Nigeria as amended and the place of separation of Power in Nigeria.
For the records, according to Section 50 (1) (a) of the 1999 constitution as amended:
“A President and Deputy President of the Senate shall be elected by the members of that House from among themselves.” Section 92(1) makes the same provision for Speaker and deputy speaker.
The above sections our constitution doesn’t bar lawmakers from the minority political party in parliament from seeking the position of senate president.
However, I was disappointed with many of the newly elected members of NASS and the chairman of All Progressive Congress Adams Oshiomhole on Monday 25th March 2019 when they continuously posited on National Television about the leadership of NASS belonging to them as majority members.
One can not help but wonder if they are ignorant of the section 50 (1)(a) and 92(a) of our constitution. It is more disturbing when such posits also came from a lawmaker elect as many has toed the line of the party chairman this raises the question of what use is one who is ignorant of the law to be a lawmaker?
The Death of Section 50 (1) – Nigerian Constitution
Section 50 (1)(a) was very clear as it never mentioned that the NASS leadership should be exclusively reserved for majority party. By among themselves as we also saw in the constitution, it also faults the statement of APC chairman who is not a member of the house talking in strong terms about who leads the 9th assembly.
The concentration should rather be focused on convincing senators-elect and ensure that the next Senate President takes place in a conducive atmosphere with view of strengthening the institution without any hindrance as every lawmaker has the right to contest.
I wish to also register my disappointment with the National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Mr Lanre Isa-Onilu who chose the line of ignorance by positing that in a presidential system of Government, there is no need for election for principal officers to be held on the floor of the National Assembly and that the leadership is meant for the party with majority. It is either he is ignorant of sections 50(1)(a) and 92(1) or he has choosing to deceive himself.
More so, the alleged interest of the executive and the purported endorsement of Ahmed Lawal and Gbajabiamila for Senate President and Speakership respectively poses a threat on the principle of separation of power. Sections 4, 5 and 6 of the Nigerian constitution is clear on the independence of the various arms of government in Nigeria.
Happenings in this part of the world clearly shows that if the executive handpicks who lead the legislature, the legislature will only be mere stooge/puppets to the executive this will be harmful to the all important check and balance function of the three arms of government as the executive will dictate what happens, when and how it happens.
The earlier we put Nigerians interest first and put party madness aside in the Nigeria, the better for the country.
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Open Letter to Buhari
More reactions have continued to trail the delay in the declaration of winner for the Imo North Senatorial election result by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) weeks after the election was concluded with reports showing the PDP candidate Hon.Patrick NDUBUEZE.C on the lead. – Letter to Buhari –
Recall that the incumbent senator allegedly declared himself winner of the election.His joy was cut shot when INEC declared the Imo north senate winner as not decided. One would wonder why the APC candidate who is said to be trailing in 3rd position would allegedly declare himself winner of the keenly contested position.
Many well meaning sons and daughters of OKIGWE ZONE have continued to call on INEC to do the needful by declaring NDUBUEZE.P.C the winner.
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An erudite scholar,the ever outspoken Dr.Uju Onyechere a concerned son of OKIGWE ZONE have however written an Open letter to the president of Federal Republic of Nigeria to keep the president abreast of the situation in IMO north and the need for urgent intervention as the will of the people is about to be subverted .
Open Letter to Buhari (Mr President)
March 15, 2019
*Attention: Your Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari*
_Federal Republic of Nigeria_
_Aso Rock Villa,_
*Re: Imo North Senatorial Election*
1. Sir, I had to resort to an open letter because I do not have another alternative.
2. As you maybe aware, the result of Imo North senatorial election is yet to be declared and a winner announced, weeks after the election took place, while other senators-elect from various parts of the country have been issued with certificates of return.
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3. You came on board as the captain of Nigerian ship because of your integrity and zero tolerance on corruption, unfortunately, some people are making all efforts to misrepresent your interest by dropping your name in support of illegality.
4. Sir, use your good office to insist that the right and correct thing be done by asking INEC to respect the wishes of the masses. Remember, sir, that when you came to Owerri, you asked us to vote whomever we want. That we have done. Your quick and patriotic intervention will make all the difference.
5. Sir, I know you will agree with me that one has to be a senator first, through the right channel, before aspiring for any other position in the Senate.
6. Because of your busy schedule, I will like to stop here knowing that you will not allow the masses interest be thwarted by just a few people. We look up to you as the father of the nation, to once again use this opportunity to prove to the whole world that you are not for anybody but for the masses, who continuously have identified and supported your government.
7. I have written this letter on behalf of Okigwe citizens, who I have their mandate to speak for.
8. Long live Mr. President.
Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
*Dr. Uju Onyechere*
Amagu (booth 004), Ihube,
Okigwe, Imo State.
Letter to President Buhari
Sir, I must start by expressing my profound gratitude to you Mr. President. You have really showed great sign of concern for our dear nation. Your patriotism, sportsmanship and service to our father land is a great one. I really appreciate your contribution towards a new Nigeria. – Letter to President Buhari –
Your fight against corruption though not holistic is a great precedence and I believe subsequent leaders will follow suit however in a holistic manner. We will forever remain grateful sir.
Having stated the above, permit me to go into the nitty-gritty of my message. Sir, it is time to go home and rest. I wish to join many uncommon prophets the likes of OBJ to plead with you to go home hoping you will hearken to our words.
Sir, prior to the 2015 election, millions of Nigerians freely gave you great support hoping you will turn things around in the country for good. The opposite have however been the case. Things have not even got worst when your wife in October 2016 during an interview with BBC Hausa when she complained that all is not well with your government.
I understand that you mean well for Nigerians but I however know that age constrains can no longer allow you work with the passion and love you have for Nigeria.
The statement by your wife on 4th December 2018 during the National Women Leadership Summit organized by a political group, Project 4+4 for Buhari & Osinbajo 2019, in Abuja further proves that you are no longer in charge and we understand is age constrains hence the need for you to rest. Sir, permit me to quote her, “The president does not know 45 out of 50 of the people he appointed and I don’t know them either, despite being his wife of 27 years. “Some people are sitting down in their homes folding their arms only for them to be called to come and head an agency or a ministerial position,” she said.
When asked to name those who had hijacked the government, the First Lady simply said: “You will know them if you watch television.” Asked whether the president was in charge, Mrs. Buhari had said: “That is left for the people to decide.”
[Just In] Letter to El-Rufai – Sacer Onyejiariri
Sir, one could wonder why you still decided to continue in the race when it is obvious that you truly need rest. On January 16th 2019, I was surprise when you told Nigerians during a town hall meeting The CANDIDATE that you are seeking reelection because your party nominated you. Sir you are no longer coming for the passion to move Nigeria forward. It is bad you are out because your party pushed you to. Sir, please go home and rest.
The idea of speaking to Nigerians only when you travel abroad was a very bad idea and you ended painting the image of our nation bad when you keep talking about Nigerians Youths being lazy not minding the fact that many of the people you tagged lazy are doing multiple jobs. Wondering how those lazy fellows will now vote for you.
Sir age constrains are so natural and no one is blaming you for anything but is however disturbing to hear that you want to re-contest with these constrains.
Sir, permit me to remind you some of the times you goofed during your presidential campaign rallies across the country which is surely connected with age constrains.
First, on Wednesday January 13th 2019 during a presidential rally. You handed over presidential flag to Ogbaru. Hello sir? You don’t know you are the presidential candidate or what.
Permit me to quote you;
“I have this pleasure of handing over this flag of honor to our presidential candidate, senatorial candidate “before you settled for “governotorial” candidate after series of corrections. We took governotorial though is not correct but is better than saying presidential. For the records, Great Ogbaru is a governorship candidate.
Sir, I would not want to talk about the steps you missed in Kogi and Kaduna on the 16th and 19th of January respectively because your people said it can happen to anyone.
Sir with due respect, I don’t want to join people who believe that you have dementia but you keep proving me wrong. On Wednesday again January 30th 2019, You goofed at presidential rally in cross river state where you raised the hand of NDDC boss Ndoma Egbaas as APC governorship candidate in the state in a symbolic endorsement gesture, before you were quickly corrected and pointed to John Owan Enoh who is the real APC governorship candidate in Cross River.
Do I still talk about the statement of Kogi where u mentioned that you came into power on May 19th instead of May 29th.Sir, you said and I quote “I assure you that I am very aware of your appreciation of the efforts for what we were able to deliver since we came in on 19th of May, 2015”
Also, while addressing a crowd in Ekiti on Tuesday February 5th ,2019 You said you came into in 2005 and I was like what the hell.
Let me quote you again.
“Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, there is hardly anything new that I can tell you.
“I am very pleased the Vice President is here and the Chairman of the National Economic Commission [sic] has told you in detail what we are doing, especially that affects your state. I assure you what the Minister of Transportation said — Amaechi — because he’s in charge, he told you what we’re doing about the railways from Lagos to Kano through the states along the Nile; that we’re very conscious of the promises we made when we were coming in in 2005.”
Sir, I can go on and on but I would like to stop here for now and still urge you to kindly listen to the voice of reasoning and bow out now the ovation is high. I respect you a lot and appreciate all your efforts towards rebuilding Nigeria. God bless you sir.
Lawmaker Campaigns with Noodles in Okigwe Zone
MISFEELINGS have trailed the alleged sharing of noodles by a federal lawmaker representing the people of Okigwe zone in Imo state Nigeria. The people of Okigwe zone took to Facebook to register their anger over the issue.
While many have seen it as an insult to the zone others simply applauded the gesture.
This is coming however at a time when there is strong campaign against vote buying as many have pointed out that it is a form of vote buying.
Reactions by People;
It is expedient to note that the zone is considered as the only undeveloped zone in the state as their sister zone Owerri and Orlu are said to be steps far from okigwe zone in development.
The people have continued to give outburst over what they call “CONSTITUENCY PROJECT ON PAPER WITH NOTHING ON GROUND”.
The people of Okigwe zone have however vowed to make sure that their votes counts in the forthcoming election. The senatorial seat of the zone which is believed to be a keen contest between three leading candidates will be conducted on Saturday 16th 2019 with many believing that through DIVINE MANDATE, FRESH AIR is sure in the zone. NDU truly BUEZE.
Amazing letter to El-Rufai
Sir, your February 5th 2019 statement have been the talk of many. I for one, believe that the statement was misunderstood by many but your numerous outburst is certainly the cause. Before I continue, I will like to quote you.
“Those that are calling for everyone to come and intervene in Nigeria, we are waiting for the person that will come and intervene. They will go back in body bags. Because nobody will come to Nigeria and tell us how to run our country.
“We’ve got that independence and we are trying to run our country as decently as possible and we know the history of those countries that are trying to teach us these things; we have read their history. We also know that in their stages of development they went through these challenges.
“So, please, let’s work together; let’s advice one another but don’t lecture us.”
El-rufai as an observer in Ghana
It was a good move to have sent Samuel Aruwan your media aid to clear the air on the said issue of body bag.
Having said that, sir how would you feel if on 7th December 2016 a governor from a state in Ghana made same statement when you went to Ghana as an election observer or have you forgotten? Let me remind you that observer 3 was boldly written on your tag.
Sir in as much as you belong to UN, ECOWAS,Commonwealth and other bodies, observers will always come to observe you elections the way you observe others.
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Sir,the most potent bulwark against foreign interference or intervention is to resist begging for and accepting aide from foreign governments to conduct elections. The US, the UK, and the EU have collectively sent millions of dollars for elections.The moment you take money from foreign governments for something as basic as conducting elections, you’ve already surrendered your sovereignty, and your patriotism.
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Sir, as a country do you know that you have intervene in the matters of other nations as an ECOWAS member state. Do I remind you about our involvement in ECOMOG were we spent over 4 billion dollars and lost over 700 soldiers in Sierra Leone. – letter to El-Rufai –
Sir, I never heard you mention anything prior to the 2015 elections when America, UK and France supported your party and mounted pressure on the then president Good luck Ebele Jonathan on issues that is supposed to be left since we are a sovereign nation.
Do I remind you about the visit of the then Ambassador of the U.S, James Entwistle to Buhari who was then an opposition presidential candidate. I wonder what you would have said if anyone visits Atiku now the way they visited PMB in 2015.
Sir, I did not hear you condemn the presence of governors of Niger during APC presidential rally in Kano on January 31st . Or are governors of another country participating in democratic process not interference? Or was it okay because it was your party? Maybe your body bags would have had their bodies if they had come for PDP rally.
Before I continue, Sir I would like to remind you about what you said on December 5th 2018 during the one day event on SUMMIT TOWARDS peaceful 2019 General Election in Kaduna were you pointed out that anyone involved in hate speech will be brought to justice. Now I ask what we do to you?
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Your resolve on December 5th was a surprise to me who know you as one who is sometimes guilty of hate speech however, I told myself that I have to trust you one last time but here I am writing to you because you disappointed me and cut that dream of seeing a new El-rufai short.
Sir, your comment on September 2017 to APC stakeholders meeting were you told political opponents that should they insist on fighting you, they would all die like the late President Umaru Musa Yar’adua did is alarming and I was wrong to think that I will see a new you.
Let me quote you “I had fought with two presidents,” he said. “Umaru Yar’Adua ended in his grave, while President Goodluck Jonathan ended in Otueke.”
SIR, many have argued that it doesn’t seem like anything or anyone can curb your dangerous populism and messianic disposition is sad that you always prove them right.
For instance, on 4th May 2018, during a rally at the Kaduna Township Stadium during the preparation for the state’s local government poll Sir,you used the opportunity to assassinate the characters of the state’s three senators, Senators Shehu Sani, Suleiman Hunkuyi and Danjuma Leah.
You accused them of blocking the states $350m loan request from the World Bank. My concern was the use of words like bastard on them haba that was too far. Let me quote you again.
“The senators from the state who worked against the World Bank loan are useless; they came out and said this loan should not be given. What is their reason for rejecting the loan?
It is because they are haters of the masses in Kaduna state. If a road project is initiated in your town, they don’t want it to be completed. If we start renovating a hospital, they don’t want it to be completed. If five schools are renovated and 10 are remaining, they will not want the remaining 10 to be renovated.
Today, there are no haters of the masses of Kaduna state like Shehu Sani, Suleiman Hunkuyi and Danjuma Laah, God will curse them. God will reward their wickedness against the masses. May God never bless them…Members of our state assembly who gave us their cooperation before the World Bank approved the loan to us, may God bless them and may God return them to their seats in 2019.
But those ones that are cursed, if they come to Kaduna, shave their heads and beard. They have shown that they are bastards, they have no origin, therefore, it is important to tell them that they did not originate from this state…Their major concern is to amass money at the expense of their people.
The electorate are at liberty to call their bluff, and this is the right time.” Nawa oooo. Such statement should not be credited to a governor of a state in a sane society.
The statement against Peter Obi and other numerous statements from you are too many to mention but I will like to conclude by telling you sir with due respect that it is part of democracy to disagree peacefully with friends as well as enemies and it is undemocratic to throw tantrums and hate speeches it is even worst to be coming from a governor.
I wish to drop my pen here hopefully the next time I will write to you it will be on a good note and for a good reason. Keep your body bags for the countries you are threatening have military powers more than you do.
BOKO HARRAM DESERVES YOUR BODY BAGS NOT OUR FOREIGN OBSERVERS. Thank you SIR.