Friday, 9 October 2015

Buhari, Saraki Under Attack Over Plot To Unseat Ekweremadu

President Muhammadu Buhari has come under heavy attack from the youth wing of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo.

This comes on the heels of an order by the president for the immediate removal of the Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu.

It has been alleged that President Buhari gave the condition for peace with Senate President Bukola Saraki is the immediate removal of the second man in the Senate from office, replacing him (Ekweremadu) with an APC senator.

The allegation has however triggered the ire of the youth wing of the Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC).

In a statement issued today, October 9, by Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, the group national president, the OYC warned President Muhammadu Buhari against using Senator Ike Ekweremmadu as the sacrificial lamb to settle his perceived scores with the embattled Bukola Saraki, Daily Post reports.

President Muhammadu and Senate President Bukola Saraki in secret talk

The statement in part reads: “Any attempt to unseat the Deputy Senate President Ekweremadu is an affront to democracy and amounts to political genocide against Ndigbo.

“We wondered what the president intends to achieve by excluding an entire geopolitical zone from the power equation of the country.

“Buhari should not over-display his penchant hatred for Ndigbo by insisting that the only position God gave us through the instrumentality of progressive minds at the senate is snatched away.

“He has deliberately excluded the South-East from all his political appointments so far, yet he is not satisfied but wants to close the only window granted us by providence.

“He appointed all his service chiefs and other key public officers without considering anybody from South East. When we cried foul his apologists told us to wait for ministerial list.

“He has presented his long- awaited ministerial list with only two slots for a zone with five states. It is already obvious to us that Buhari-led administration is tribalistic and bent on punishing Ndigbo for our political decision in the last election but he should beware of the grave consequences of his actions.”

“We urge the president to stop interfering with the internal affairs of the National Assembly but instead concentrate on issues that would engender unity and national cohesion.

“No administration in Nigeria has ever succeeded without Ndigbo, and Buhari’s government will not be an exception.

“We have no regrets for our political choice in the last election. Buhari will not be President for ever but we want other geopolitical zones to be aware of the injustices against Ndigbo by the APC-led government.

 “It is very worrisome that the body language of the president does not seem to suggest that he understands that Nigeria under him is fast becoming more disenchanted and disunited than ever.”

A source privy to the meeting had reportedly said: “The view of the Presidency is that the arrangement in the Senate whereby a PDP senator is the deputy president in an APC-led government is a misnomer, which should not be allowed.

“If there is a political option, this is one; the arrangement is not right. The President did not like the arrangement in the Senate.”

Attempts by the Speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, to unite President Muhammadu Buhari and embattled president of the Senate Bukola Saraki, recently hit brick wall.

At parley with leadership of National Assembly, it is believed that the only condition of the President Buhari for the eventual dropping of charges against Saraki at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) is the immediate dismissal of Ekweremadu.

A source privy to the meeting had reportedly told newsmen: “The view of the Presidency is that the arrangement in the Senate whereby a PDP senator is the deputy president in an APC-led government is a misnomer, which should not be allowed.

“If there is a political option, this is one, the arrangement is not right. The President did not like the arrangement in the Senate.”