Senate crisis: Democracy at play, says Achonu
A senator representing Imo North (Okigwe senatorial district), Chief Athan Nneji Achonu, at the weekend, stated that what was unfolding in the upper chamber of the National Assembly was democracy at play, stressing that there can never be dictatorship in the present administration.
Speaking after receiving ‘distinguish platinum award’ from the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Owerri branch, Achonu, accompanied by Senators Andy Uba (Anambra), Samuel Anyanwu (Imo East), Philip Gyunka (Nasarawa North), Mathew Orebebe (Edo South), Clifford Onyia (Edo Central), Albert Bassey (Akwa Ibom), Obinna Okwa (Ebony I), among others, said he believed that President Muhammadu Buhari had no hand in the senate political quagmire, maintaining that ‘there can never be dictatorship’ in the life of the present regime.
He also blamed unnamed political actors for fueling the crisis and travails of the senate president.
The senator said he was convinced that Buhari had his discretion to appoint his ministers without the interference of the governors.
His words: “If you remember when Buhari met with the governors, there was something he told them. He said, he did not see anywhere in the constitution where it is the duty of the governors to nominate any minister. Did he say so? If you go back to that constitution, is there anywhere it is written that it is the duty of the president to nominate the senate president?’’
He urged the NSE members to thinker on how to surmount legion of infrastructural decay in the country, stressing that he valued the award, reminding them that he had committed $1millioin to the PRODA on research.
In his contribution, the Senate Committee chairman on Ethics, Samuel Anyanwu, donating N1 million to the society, faulted Okorocha’s policy to concession of state government’s parastatals and agencies. He also appealed to the government to pay Imo workers their salary arrears.