Saturday, 30 November 2013 11:54

The G7 Saga

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Lamido Amaechi Lamido Amaechi

This conclusion of decamping to the All Progressives Congress (APC) was long awaited by many of us who have viewed the going-on in the political terrain. The infighting and disruptions that seemed to have taken center stage within the People's Democratic Party (PDP). 

There have been many angles to this saga, the first was that Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, the National Chairman of the PDP should be removed and this caused a grievance among the members of the party. Political analysts quickly realized that this was a play up by the former vice president of Nigeria, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku, knowing fully well that the election of Alhaji Tukur meant difficulty in getting the ticket of the party to run as president. His dream to become president was crushed in 2006 when President Obasanjo raised the hand of Alhaji Musa Yar'Adua. In his frustration he decamped from the PDP and joined the Action Congress (AC) where he became their flag bearer and lost the election. He returned back to the PDP and contested the primaries with Dr. Goodluck Jonathan in 2010, what everyone viewed as a free and fair election and he lost again. 

Then we had Governor Rotimi Amaechi a product of the courts who has served two terms and will complete his tenure in 2015, hustling to be relevant after that time, he began throwing tantrums and aspersions at the president. He Joined with Governor Lamido of Jigawa State to test the waters on their presidential aspirations by putting posters around the FCT, Abuja. There was nobody interested in fact it left a bad taste in the mouths of many. As though that was not enough the propaganda began against the presidency claiming anything from being locked out of government house to the fights in the state assembly more so causing confusion concerning the governors forum. Rotimi Amaechi abandoned his duties as the executive governor of Rivers and sought to disrupt the PDP party structure. He has been relentless. 

Governor Nyako soon joined when he was unable to curtail the boko haram in his state. Whether he influenced or supported this group is another matter, but the issue of security and the threat to the citizenry was not to be taken lightly. Let it be known that State governors are the Chief Security Officers of their states and that they are provided with monthly security votes in the billions to curb violence and equip the security agencies to fight crime, it is not pocket money to be used to go on vacations or spend on personal things. In the case of Governor Nyako a military man who retired as an admiral from the armed forces, he cannot say to the people of Nigeria that he is clueless in fighting attacks against Nigerians. As Adamawa became one of four states under emergency rule due to extreme and continuous violence, the president mobilized the Joint Task Force to troubled areas and took control of the insistent problem of the Boko Haram pushing them out of Nigeria to Neighbouring states where they seem to have ceased to function. 

Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje who assigned himself the national chairman of the nPDP who recently resigned his position on November 13, 2013 as the Chairman of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) did not do so as an act of honour, but rather to save face from disgrace and shame, as members of his own board accused him of dereliction of duties, where he failed to convene meetings as prescribed by the NRC Act. The board did not meet the minimum required in the last quarter and is yet to have one in the new quarter. This inability or refusal to call meetings statutorily prescribed has stalled the progress of the board in the discharge of its duties. A vote of no confidence was passed on Alhaji Kawu Baraje by the board. If this is the case then he (Baraje) does not have the right to accuse the party of reacting to incompetence by suspending members who failed to follow the party's constitution and manifesto, which is clear. 

As for Sokoto State Governor, Aliyu Wamakko, Niger State Governor, Babangida Aliyu, and the Governor of Kano State Rabiu Kwankwanso it is obvious that their allegiance is with General Buhari as dictated by the last election results where CPC won in those states, but PDP followed closely behind. It was the total number of votes across the country that earned the PDP a win, so joining the APC removes no value from the PDP. 

This is where it gets interesting, the G7 claim to be merging with the APC, how so? When according to the records the so called nPDP was never a party. This was established on October 10th 2013 when a Lagos High Court gave judgment against the nPDP and on the 11th of October 2013 when the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, wrote the nPDP to say that the Alhaji Bamanga Tukur led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is the only recognized party by that name. If this is the case then they are simply decamping from the party and have no right to claim a merger. Such statement is fraudulent and an attempt to further deceive the people, in fact based on judgement the so called G7 are in contempt for further claiming to be the nPDP. 

Now this is the tricky part, "The 2010 constitutional amendment guides post-election cross-carpeting between political parties amongst legislators. Section 68(1)(g) of the constitution provides that "A member of the Senate or House of Representatives shall vacate his seat in the House if being a person whose election to the House was sponsored by a political party, he becomes a member of another political party before the next election." (By Prof Okey Okoh, Nov. 14, 2012) 

This should also apply to the executive; the issue should be elected office and the sponsoring party.  Cross-carpeting or political hopping is the same whether it is the legislative or the executive. If this is exclusive to the legislative only, then it is prejudice, because they only have been singled out and it should cut across all elected offices. 

We can further argue as in the case between the Attorney General, et al vs. Abubakar Atiku, et al, where the plaintiffs sought, "Declaration that the dumping of a sponsoring party for another party by a sitting Vice President coupled with condemnation of the President and the Government by a sitting Vice President is a breach of one mindedness, loyalty, trust and confidence expected of the Vice President and therefore constitutes constructive resignation, withdrawal and/or abandonment of the office of the Vice President." 

These seven governors, whom have abandoned their offices to create unrest in the country for their selfish interest, their action is a breach of one mindedness, loyalty, trust and confidence and should voluntarily vacate their offices or the State House of Assemblies should move to impeach them for abandonment of duty to the people to their states. 

Not once has their actions translated to the well-being of the country or Nigerians.

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