APC is in­tol­er­ant of Ek­w­ere­madu – Makarfi

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Saawua Terzungwe

Afac­tional chair­man of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP), Sen. Ahmed Makarfi, has be­rated the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC)-led fed­eral gov­ern­ment over the trial of the deputy Se­nate pres­i­dent, Ike Ek­w­ere­madu, for al­leged forgery of the Se­nate Stand­ing Rules.

Makarfi de­scribed the pros­e­cu­tion as in­ex­cus­able in a democ­racy, ex­plain­ing that the rul­ing party had no con­sti­tu­tional or moral grounds to be dis­pleased with Ek­w­ere­madu’s emer­gence as deputy pres­i­dent of the Se­nate.

A state­ment by the spokesman of the Makarfi-led na­tional care­taker com­mit­tee, Prince Dayo Adey­eye, cau­tioned the fed­eral gov­ern­ment against in­ter­fer­ing with the af­fairs of the Na­tional As­sem­bly, which he said is a sep­a­rate arm of gov­ern­ment cre­ated by the con­sti­tu­tion.

“The APC as a party, and through its chief­tains, in­clud­ing Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari be­fore his elec­tion, had var­i­ously and ro­bustly de­fended the con­sti­tu­tion­al­ity and im­per­a­tive­ness of bi-par­ti­san leg­isla­tive lead­er­ship dur­ing the de­fec­tion of the for­mer speaker of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Rt. Hon. Aminu Tam­buwal, to their fold while in op­po­si­tion with­out re­lin­quish­ing his po­si­tion.

“We, there­fore, in­vite the APC-led fed­eral gov­ern­ment to tell the world why bi-par­ti­san lead­er­ship in the leg­is­la­ture was good in the in­stances of Tam­buwal as well as the Benue and Plateau as­sem­blies, but an abom­i­na­tion in the case of Se­na­tor Ek­w­ere­madu.

“We con­sider APC’s stance on Ek­w­ere­madu and his con­tin­ued per­se­cu­tion on this ac­count as the height of du­plic­ity, in­tol­er­ance, un­war­ranted and in­ex­cus­able ex­ec­u­tive ex­cesses in a democ­racy.

“More so, un­like APC’s ran­corous op­po­si­tion in par­lia­ment in the re­cent past, the PDP law­mak­ers, in­clud­ing Se­na­tor Ek­w­ere­madu, have pro­vided a very re­spon­si­ble op­po­si­tion, sup­port­ing the gov­ern­ment and over­look­ing its se­rial fum­bles. Ek­w­ere­madu is not APC’s stum­bling block,” the state­ment said.

Sen. Ahmed Makarfi

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