The Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has expressed the fear that Nigeria under the leadership of President Muhammadu Bahari is gradually drifting into anarchy as the country has never been so divided like it is now. Dr Saraki lamented that the unity of the founding fathers of the country which they propagated to ensure mutual coexistence is at the verge of collapse occasioned by the high level of marginalisation of other geopolitical zones in the scheme of things.
Dr Saraki who made the disclosure in Abakaliki while addressing stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the 2019 Presidential primaries of the party also endorsed Ebonyi State governor, David Umahi for second term in office. The Senate President further stated that the country under the present administration is at a crossroads and danger of living freely which he said is anchored on rule of law.“There is a high level of exclusion in the country. We must choose leaders that have capacity to move the country forward. What you are seeing in Ebonyi is not by chance, it is because your governor has capacity that that is why you are witnessing development. How then can you choose a man with capacity in your state without choosing also a leader with capacity at the national level.
“We fight poverty, we will fight corruption too and not does a selective anti corruption fight. We will develop solid minerals in Ebonyi State. We will bring private investors into the country and turn around youth involvement in governance by bringing youths to governance. “The country is more divided than it used to be. You all know the challenges of freedom and express our constitutional rights. We know about the insecurity situation. We must ask yourself how did we get here and who can bring us out? You cannot give what you don’t have. We must create an environment for leadership capacity.” “Why will you chose capacity in your state and not the nation. As Senators we have always looked at the interest of Nigerians and not ourselves. This country needs people who are determined to change things in the country and we need leaders that feel the pains of every Nigeria and not a section of the country. It is time we have that kind of leadership.” In his statement, Ebonyi State governor, Chief David Umahi commended Saraki for standing firm over the various crises he faced and urged that the National Assembly must work together to unite the country and turn its fortunes to the best.
He called on the Senate President to look into cost of projects in the country to stop profligacy in execution of projects in the country. Governor Umahi reiterated his earlier promise to return power to Abakaliki bloc in 2023 after his second term, adding that his administration remains focused on the developmental agenda. “We will hand over a state that is most beautiful, best economy and richest in the country. South East is ready to support anybody who will be ready to recognise the rights and needs of the people and we will achieve that by way of negotiation.” The State Executive Council members used the occasion to present Expression of Interest Form and Nomination Form they purchased for him. The deputy governor, Eric Igwe while presenting the form to the governor said that the council members X-rayed the achievements of the state governor and came to the conclusion that he has performed and should be reelected.
They also described, Senator Saraki as a refined Nigerian and defender of democracy as well as friend to Ebonyi State.
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