Ekweremadu will not defect to APC to remain Deputy Senate President – PDP

Ike Ekweremadu, Deputy Senate President
Ike Ekweremadu, Deputy Senate President

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Thursday condemned the call on Ike Ekweremadu to defect to the All Progressives Congress, APC, to retain the position of Deputy Senate President.

The PDP made the condemnation in a statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the National Caretaker Committee, Dayo Adeyeye, on Thursday in Abuja.

The party said that its attention was drawn to a statement credited to Kabiru Marafa in which he advised Mr. Ekweremadu to defect to the APC in order to retain his position.

It described the call as unconstitutional, undemocratic, adding that the section of the 1999 Constitution which Mr. Marafa quoted as backing his advice to Ekweremadu was untrue.

Mr. Marafa was quoted as saying ‘I am using this medium to call on Ekweremadu to simply decamp. Section 68(G) of the 1999 Constitution captures this.’

“There is no section or clause of the 1999 Constitution (As Amended) that provides that one must be a member of the ruling party before he could be elected into any position in the Senate or the House of Representatives,” Mr. Adeyeye said.

“Equally, it is very distasteful and uncharitable for any senator to stand on the floor of the hallowed chamber and ask his colleague to violate the Constitution by cross-carpeting from his own party to join the ruling party.

“It is Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and not Senate of the APC,’’ the PDP said.

It added that it was laughable for Mr. Marafa to cite the internal issues in the PDP as a reason for Ekweremadu to defect to the APC.

“For the umpteenth time, let us reiterate that there is no faction in the PDP.

“A party is only factionalized when its organs are in disarray, but this is different in the PDP where all the organs are intact, behind the National Caretaker Committee under the chairmanship of Sen. Makarfi.

“A mere rebellion by a small interest group within the party cannot be referred to factionalisation of the party, ‘’ the statement said.

It cautioned that any PDP member using the current leadership disagreement caused by the “rebellious group’’ to defect to another party was doing so at his or her peril.

It said that Mr. Marafa or any other member of the APC had no power to make such demands on a member of the PDP.

“Let us remind Sen. Marafa that Sen. Ike Ekweremadu was elected as Deputy President of Senate by majority votes from both the PDP and APC senators.

“Any attempt to remove Sen. Ekweramadu for being a member of the opposition party and not because of a constitutional breach or incompetence is a call for anarchy.’’

The PDP recalled that the current situation in the Senate where the Senate President and his deputy were from different parties should not continue to appear strange to anybody in a democratic system.

“For instance, in the Second Republic, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Edwin Umezuoke, was from opposition NPP while the Senate President was from the Ruling Party, the NPN.

“It is worthy of note that both of them worked harmoniously with the cooperation of the Executive in moving the country forward,’’ it recalled.

The party urged the National Assembly members to remain strong and united behind Ekweremadu with determination not to allow anybody to truncate the hard-earned democracy through undemocratic tendencies.

It also called on APC lawmakers in the National Assembly to work together with other lawmakers to protect and advance Nigeria’s democracy.

(NAN)


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  • onyebuchi IKEKAMMA

    Ekweremadu should not defect to remain Deputy Speaker. APC is taking too much. This is now a military government. Buhari and APC are making mockery of Nigeria. This is a total betrayal of trust of the Nigerian electorate and smacks the essence of democracy. It is really unfortunate!

    • Rommel

      You are flat wrong,unnecessary stubbornness and ethnic chauvinism has turned ndi igbo into the most naive politicians in Nigeria,I would like you to without sentiments give me reasons why you believe Ike Ekweremadu should be allowed to remain on that seat

      • onyebuchi IKEKAMMA

        It is unfortunate that you are among those who believe that Nigeria should be a one Party state without opposition.In a constitutional representative democracy, there should be such that opposition should exist to challenge the opinion of the opposite party. With the creation of EFCC, the government in power uses this agency as a tool of intimidation of the opposition party. We are already in a dictatorship. The government has lost its bearing as its rudder is driving the ship to destruction. Continue with your Al Majiri politics. Take your time to observe other western democracies.

        • Rommel

          Was Nigeria a one party state under the PDP controlled national assembly of David Mark and Co? how would his vacating that seat prevent him from being a member of the opposition? are you sure you understand the argument you are making?

      • Charles

        Why do you always hide under the dirty shade of ethnicity to show how little a man you were created, the answer to your narrow minded question is that since he was elected by majority of the senators, the question of ‘allowing him to stay’ is simplistic by you and showed that you are a complete alien to democracy, now the reason why he should be allowed to stay is the same natural reason why you(Rommel) should be allowed to live.

        • Rommel

          The election that brought him was an anomaly,entering into a deal to thwart a political structure cannot exactly be said to be justice,his continued stay is an aberration to party politics,there is no reason for his continued stay because the APC has enough numbers to elect functionaries in national assembly but this wrong has been allowed for ethnocentric considerations and that is how it will be written in history books,it is too bad and belittles Ndi Igbo.

  • kunle akindude

    Please show me where any opposition held any ranking position from 1999 to 2015 please? Stop all these rubbish PDP is a very selfish party and enough of the looting of the commonwealth of Nigeria If I had a say the party should be banned from the political scene for life

  • asuevie

    APC, please grow the economy!!!

  • asuevie

    People should be ashamed of this issue about position taking and seeking!