Sunday, December 8, 2013
Nigerians Will Resist Tenure Elongation - Senator Ojudu
Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu for two additional years in
office for President Goodluck Jonathan and State Governors has
justified his prediction that the proposed national conference is
designed to elongate the president's term of office.
In a statement in Ado-Ekiti, Ojudu said: "My attention has been drawn
to a statement made by my colleague and Deputy Senate President Ike
Ekweremadu for two additional years for Mr. President and state
governors. But just as it fails during regimes of Babangida and
Obasanjo, this exercise or adventure will also fail."
Ojudu contended that Nigerians only voted Jonathan for a four-year
term which can only be reviewed by another presidential election,
stressing that "any attempt to elongate the president's term will be
rejected and resisted by Nigerians. It is undemocratic!"
He added: "Nigerians are wiser and are determined to make our
democratic experiment succeed more than ever before. The planned
tenure elongation can only be in the interest of a few Nigerians and
it is capable of bringing the country to its kneel."
According to Ojudu, there are two pointers to the fact that the
proposed national conference is a hatchet job to achieve a
predetermined objective of tenure elongation.
One of such, he said, is the position of the president that the
outcome of the conference will be brought to the National Assembly and
one of the leaders of that legislature is Senator Ekweremadu who is
already canvassing for tenure elongation.
Ojudu said Nigerians must by now be seeing the link between the call
by Ekweremadu and the proposed national conference.
He said all well-meaning Nigerians should be on high alert at this
time that so-called leaders no longer have values or scruples, adding
that it should not just be about the condemnation of Ekweremadu's
call, but ensuring that "this stillborn proposal is not stealthily
smuggled in overnight."
Adding that the Jonathan-led presidency by such proposition has
demonstrated the objective of its proposed National Conference, Ojudu
warned that they should have it in mind that "Nigeria is not a banana
republic where every of their poison offered to Nigerians will be
swallowed like a choice-bereaved sheep being goaded to the slaughter."