By Pat PA Okon
The Special Liaison on State Matters to the Senate President, Earl Osaro Onaiwu, has condemned in very strong terms the situation where the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and certain stakeholders especially of Edo/Delta descent want to become the umpires, anchor points and deciders of how members of the National Assembly should go about their daily activities. Onaiwu, a former DG of the Nigeria Governors Forum, and one-time Edo State Gubernatorial candidate, stated this while responding to questions from journalists in Abuja on Sunday. He condemned in very strong terms the recent siege laid on the National Assembly by security operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS); intimidation and harassments of the members of the opposition parties; threats and attempts of unconstitutional impeachment moves against the leadership of the National Assembly to mention but a few; as well as frowned at the role certain people are playing to bring down the country’s nascent democracy.
His words: “If these anomalies are allowed to go on unchecked, our collective efforts in building and stabilizing our democratic structures will be eroded”. The SL also advised the APC leader, to concentrate on issues that fall within the tenets of his office.
When asked about his take on the statement “We’ll humiliate Saraki out of office once the National Assembly reconvenes”, credited to Senator Ovie Omo-Agege (APC Delta), Onaiwu said it is very sad that two sons of the old Mid-Western region could offer themselves to be used in scuttling our democratic process. Hear him: ” It is disheartening that my brothers, Senator Omo-Agege (from Delta) and Comrade Adams Oshimhole (Edo State), could be at the forefront of employing unconstitutional means to effect a change of leadership in a democratic system, forgetting that the old Mid West, where we all come from, was a product of the process of a referendum”.
“Sadder still is the fact that their character and utterances are a direct opposite of the true Mid Westerner”.
“My candid advice to the twosome is to inject some decorum and restraint into their modus operandi, even as I plead with our traditional fathers and religious leaders in Edo and Delta to offer them the necessary tutorials on ethics and governance”.
It could be recalled that recently Omo-Agege while speaking to some journalists insisted that Saraki must not remain Senate President after his defection from the APC to the Peoples Democratic Party.