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Ekweremadu’s election removed partisanship from Buhari’s govt, Senate, says Akpabio

By Azimazi Momoh Jimoh, Abuja
10 July 2015   |   4:12 am
IMMEDIATE past governor of Akwa Ibom State, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has declared that the election of Senator Ike Ekweremadu of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the Deputy Senate President has made President Mohammadu Buhari’s administration, truly national and democratic because it would not suffer from the negative effects of the ‘winner takes all’ syndrome.

 

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IMMEDIATE past governor of Akwa Ibom State, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has declared that the election of Senator Ike Ekweremadu of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the Deputy Senate President has made President Mohammadu Buhari’s administration, truly national and democratic because it would not suffer from the negative effects of the ‘winner takes all’ syndrome. ‎

Akpabio who represents Akwa-Ibom North West Senatorial district told reporters after a meeting of the National Working Committee (NWC) yesterday in Abuja that the election of an opposition member into the coveted National Assembly position would ensure that issues before the legislature were examined in a more holistic, all encompassing, non-partisan way.

According to him: “ This would make the 8th Senate record more achievements than the previous one. “I think it’s very good for democracy because Ekweremadu, the Deputy Senate President was freely elected by senators. “If you recall, he scored about 54 votes and the total number of PDP members in the senate are about 49.

This means he was accepted across party lines and it is also possible that some PDP senators did not vote for him , meaning that probably, more senators of the All Progressives Congress(APC) voted for him. “But the major thing is that he was voted for across party lines.

That’s the way the Senate wants it. They want an experienced person to work with the Senate President and they want a very stable Senate, a Senate that will be productive, a Senate that will have continuity. “And I think it is good for politics and is also good for President Buhari, that at the end of the day, we have a Deputy Senate President who has been there before, who is not from the APC so that we can look at things from a holistic point of view, from a national perspective and not always through party binoculars. “So, for me, I believe that the 8th Senate will achieve far more than those before.

“I am very proud of the decision by the Senate. I stand by the Deputy Senate President and the Senate President and the Senate for what they have done. “ Akpabio also expressed interest in the position of Senate Minority Leader which the PDP had already allocated to the South South geo-political zone.

Asked about his ambition to lead the PDP senators, he revealed that he was still holding consultations on the matter, noting that the decision would ultimately belong to PDP members in the upper chamber of the National Assembly.

Akpabio, who said he was at the party national headquarters to discuss issues with the leadership of the party, said what was important was whether he has the capacity to do well in the position,. According to him: “It is not a question of interest.

It is a function of capacity, whether I have the capacity to lead my colleagues. My colleagues will decide. “You know, in the Senate, everybody is equal except our bosses who have been there for a long time like the ranking senators and all that.

So, once you are opportuned to be in the red chamber, you have equal rights, you can aspire to any position. “But you first have to be sure that your colleagues will be interested in your leading them. “I’m aware that my name has been mentioned severally by my colleagues and am consulting and at the end of my consultation with stakeholders of our party across the nation, I’ll be able to make an appropriate statement. “