I am a Nigerian, born in Kaduna and my parents were born in Ngor Okpala Local Government Area, in Imo State. That means I speak two languages fluently, English and Igbo. Even though I was born in Kaduna State, I can’t speak hausa and even though I live in Lagos right now, I haven’t learnt how to speak the yoruba language, although I find the language quite romantic!
Senator Ekweremadu hails from Enugu State and is a senator from that state and the highest ranked People’s Democratic Party (PDP) member in Nigeria today. He was re-elected as the Deputy Senate President of the 8th Senate in the National Assembly. I was led to believe that the majority party in both houses of the National Assembly elects the leadership of the National Assembly. After reading the fifth chapter of the Nigerian 1999 Constitution, I have come to realize that this is not true.
Section 50 of Chapter 5 of the 1999 Nigerian Constitution states the that there shall be:-
(a) a President and a Deputy President of the Senate, who shall be elected by the members of that House from among themselves; and
(b) a Speaker and a Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, who shall be elected by the members of that House from among themselves.
(2) The President or Deputy President of the Senate or the Speaker or Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives shall vacate his office –
(a) if he ceases to be a member of the Senate or of the House of Representatives, as the case may be, otherwise than by reason of a dissolution of the Senate or the House of Representatives; or
(b) when the House of which he was a member first sits after any dissolution of that House; or
(c) if he is removed from office by a resolution of the Senate or of the House of Representatives, as the case may be, by the votes of not less than two-thirds majority of the members of that House.
The question I then ask is this, was Ekweremadu not elected by the members of that House from among themselves? The APC through Tinubu wanted to play a fast one on Saraki and Dogara, so that they could place their “stooges” as senate president and speaker of the house. Well these two men out-smarted Tinubu and his gang, so let no one cry over any spilt milk. “As you make your bed, you lay on it!”
So all the threat on Senator Ekweremadu is not good for the country and there is no where in the constitution that says a member of the majority party in the senate should be elected as the deputy senate president. And if the APC wants Ekweremadu to step down, they know what they should do! Either they persuade the man to step down by bribing him to do so or they make their people (if they have the majority) to vote him out as the deputy senate president. And if the APC can’t do any of the above, they should stop causing problems for the country and watch their comments.