Minority leadership controversy: Mr. Akpabio should not answer to the Senate President - Ezekwesili


Former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, has accused Senate President Godswill Akpabio of attacking Nigeria’s democracy.

Ezekwesili maintained that Akpabio should not have been elected Senate President because he was trying to destroy Nigeria’s democracy.

She was yesterday reacting to the uproar in the Senate over the appointment of the minority leader.

A mild drama ensued when Mr. Akpabio appointed Senator Abba Moro (PDP Benue South) as the new Senate Minority Leader and Senator Osita Ngwu (PDP Enugu West) as Minority Leader.

They replaced Senator Simon Mwadokwon, who previously represented Plateau North, and Senator Darlington Nwokocha, who previously represented Abia Central.

Former minority leader Mwadokwon is a PDP member. Nwokocha of the Labor Party (LP) was a member of the minority party.

Immediately after the Senate President announced the new minority leader, some LP senators objected to the announcement and a commotion broke out in the red chamber.

Frustrated senators complained that the nomination was unfair to the other parties that make up the minority in the Senate.

Senator Tony Nwoyi of Anambra North Constituency, who refused to be nominated, yelled at Mr Akpabio: “Are we your slaves? How can you choose a minority leader for us?”

Reacting, Ezekwesili said Akpabio and some “political classes” were trying to monopolize Nigeria’s democracy.

Posting on X, she wrote: “Nigeria’s rapidly declining democracy has apparently been further attacked by @Senator_Akpabio. If it weren’t for the corruption in the judiciary in this country, answer to the title of a senator not to talk about ‘Senate President’ Shouldn’t have done it @NGCourtofAppea It clearly stirred alarm and allowed itself to be corrupted and captured by decadent politicians. Mr Akpabio is unfortunately caught in a web of arrogance.

“We should remind him and his band of democracy destroyers of the wise and legendary words of Marianne Williamson.

“Empires always have the arrogance of thinking they are indestructible, when in fact they are always unsustainable.

“On the one hand, it was hopeful to see opposition voices finally implementing democratic demands. Kudos.
@SenatorNwoye @ireti_kingibe and other Labor senators.

“Speak out collectively on all issues that affect the people who elected you to Congress @nassnigeria

“It was what you expected from these awful luxury SUVs that you’ve collected or are waiting to collect.

“You, entrusted by the people, can still lead the way out of this ‘monopoly democratic’ trap of political class ferocity that Mr. Akpabio and his ilk embody.”

Source: dailypost.ng

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