The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, yesterday asked the All Progressives Congress (APC) to face delivery of good governance to Nigerians, emphasising that after campaigns and elections comes governance.
Speaking yesterday in Abuja when he hosted the Coalition of Election Observers, who were in his office for a courtesy call, Ekweremadu urged the All Progressives Congress (APC) to form policies and programmes that would benefit majority of Nigerians irrespective of political affiliations.
Apparently in a covert response to the statement credited to President Mohammadu Buhari, where he was quoted to have said that the election of Ekweremadu as the Deputy Senate President was unacceptable, he said the sanctity of ballot box must be respected, citing the case of President Goodluck Jonathan, who conceded defeat in the 2015 general election to the opposition party.
He further advised the political leaders across the African continent to borrow a leaf from former President Jonathan, pointing out that he saved Nigeria from crisis by refusing to be pressured towards challenging the sanctity of the ballot box.
Ekweremadu, at this juncture, disclosed that the 8th National Assembly would further amend the Electoral Act to make the 2019 elections more credible and acceptable than that of 2015, adding that the alterations made on the 2010 Act has yielded important results.
“We are about to form legislative agenda for the 8th Senate. This will include electoral reforms”, he said, observing that African continent is proud of Nigeria because of the reforms in the government, in areas of education, health and corruption.
Speaking earlier, the leader of the delegation, Nwambu Gabriel, said the emergence of Ekweremadu as the Deputy President of the Senate was the best thing to have happened to Nigeria’s democracy, adding that this is in recognition of his contributions to the advancement of democracy in Nigeria.
This, he said is in line with the global best practices and in compliance with the constitution of Nigeria, as contained in section 52(1), even as he dismissed the calls by some aggrieved persons that he should resign his position as the Deputy Senate President.
Nwambu also urged the Senate to make laws that will encourage the diversification of the resources accruing to the country, even as he lamented the harsh economic conditions in the country resulting from the refusal of some state governors to pay workers’ salaries.

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