Senatorial Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) for Rivers West Senatorial District Election Senator Osinakachukwu Thankgod Ideozu has commended the Nigerian Senate over its Resolution Yesterday to Suspend Sitting if the Independent National Electoral Commission fails to Conclude the Rerun in Rivers State before December 10 2016.
It will be recalled that in a unanimous vote ,the Senate Wednesday November 2nd 2016 resolved to suspend plenary if the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) failed to conduct rerun elections in River State on or before December 10, 2016.
The resolution followed a motion by Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu on conclusion of all pending elections in Rivers State.
The motion described as “very important” by Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, was co-sponsored by Senate Leader, Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume.
Ekweremadu in his lead debate, observed that in spite of Senate resolution 016/02/16 of 27th day of September, 2016 calling on the INEC to immediately conclude all pending rerun elections in the country “INEC has failed, refused and or neglected to conduct rerun elections in Rivers State into the Senate, House of Representatives and States House of Assembly.”
He noted that the Senate also observed that “the failure of INEC to conduct the rerun elections in Rivers State within the time frame ordered by the respective elections tribunals and the courts is in breach of the Electoral Act and Section 76 of the 1999 Constitution does endangering the nations democracy.”
Ekweremadu further observed that “non-representation of the entire people of Rivers State in the Senate and some constituencies of Rivers State in the House of Representatives and States House of Assembly is in breach of section 14 (2c) of the 1999 Constitution which enjoined the participation of every part of this country in the governance of Nigeria and this endangers peace and order in Rivers State.”
Reacting to the decision of the SENATE,the PDP candidate For Rivers West Senatorial District Senator Ossy Ideozu commended the SENATE through what he described as a” divine twist of fate”
“Let me publicly commend all those who pricked by their conscience, spoke up against an obviously obnoxious election regime and to admonish all that God shall always remain God and shall always come to the aid of the oppressed and downtrodden at His own time”.
“We may, as mere mortals, ask questions as to why it took so long for the nation to show remorse for the evil done the minority ethnic nationalities especially those of Rivers State but we should find solace in the fact that God will at His own time ‘compensate’ all for their various roles and to the consternation of all and sundry”. Ideozu stated via a Post he made on his Facebook Page