Wednesday, December 4, 2013

CNPP Calls Ekweremadu’s Call for Single-Tenure Presidency ‘Treasonable,’ Demands SSS Investigation

The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) on Wednesday
called on the Director General of State Security Service (SSS) and
other relevant security agencies to urgently investigate Senator Ike
Ekweremadu, the Deputy Senate President, for his treasonable
single-tenure statement.
In a statement signed by Osita Okechukwu, National Publicity
Secretary, CNPP said that foisting the rejected seven-year single
tenure through the back door of the Doctrine of Necessity will be a
grave disservice to Nigeria, and portends more danger than the four
year double tenure.
"CNPP had since Sunday, waited patiently for rebuttal as major
national newspapers were awash with the senator's treasonable
statement to the effect that, 'if we create a two-year gap, it creates
a situation where the country would not be engulfed in a crisis…',
[but] no rebuttal came," the statement said.
It noted that Ekweremadu further stated, "those fighting the president
have hinged their complaint on the fact that if the president gets
second term by the time they are gone, he would start to chase them…..
and that the mistake we made in our recommendation is that we said the
incumbent would not benefit."
Concerning how the single tenure would be achieved, CNPP underlined
Ekweremadu's suggestion of the "Doctrine of Necessity and some kind of
jurisprudential approach, and some kind of transition of two years,"
describing it as sheer criminal subversion of the highest order. Why
ease out Mr President, instead of vote-in or vote-out? It asked.
"CNPP is of the candid view that Nigeria has witnessed general
elections, as imperfect as they were in 2003, 2007 and 2011 and heaven
did not fall; therefore Senator Ekweremadu as a senior officer of the
state owe us a duty to explain why the 2015 general elections will end
up crisis."
It stressed that it is calling call for the investigation of the
Deputy Senate President because similar voices close to President
Goodluck Jonathan, like Alhaji Asari-Dokubo and Kingsley Kuku, have
made similar statements that heavens will fall if President Jonathan
loses the 2015 election.

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