The Coalition for Good Governance and Rule of Law (CGGRL) has said that Senator Smart Adeyemi must apologise to the Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu over his recent outbursts at the floor of the senate.
The coalition described Sen. Adeyemi as an extreme opportunist in the Senate, tumbling with verbal diarrhoea.
Recall that the lawmaker representing Kogi West Senatorial District had, on Tuesday, during plenary, described Ikpeazu as a drunkard.
However, the CGGRL at a press conference, said Adeyemi and his state governor, Yahaya Bello are no match for Ikpeazu.
The groups’ leader, Isaac Ikpa, noted that Adeyemi has no known legacy in his constituency to showcase for his three tenures in the National Assembly, or commensurate with the billions of naira he has received.
Ikpeazu, on the other hand, according to the group is one of the shining lights of modern leadership in Nigeria today.
Instead of looking the way of Ikpeazu who has excelled in developmental projects, the group charged Adeyemi to criticise Yahaya Bello for his indebtedness of salaries and pensions in Kogi State.
The coalition, therefore, warned the lawmaker that the failure to publicly apologise would compel them to take further steps to test the liberty of freedom of speech in the judiciary.
“We were dismayed that this Senator threw decency to the dogs in our hallowed chambers to puke nonsensically at Gov. Ikpeazu, defying the sanctity of the chambers and its operative regulations on the executive Governor of Abia State, Okazie Ikpeazu.
“CSGs has never imagined that the Senate Chambers of Nigeria by today is a meeting ground for hooligans and miscreants with borrowed political garbs, to abuse the plenary session or NASS complex’s immunity by insulting other leaders as done by Sen. Adeyemi.
“We interpret Sen. Adeyemi’s comments, tarnishing and libelling Gov. Ikpeazu as a ‘drunk’ very uncomplimentary and derogatory. But we have no reason to blame Sen. Adeyemi because, in life, he believes it’s all about the “cut and join” certificates he has paraded over the years to become the National President, Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) in the Obasanjo Presidency.
“So, it’s understandable that Sen. Adeyemi has no secured self-personality or public clout outside his small world of fakes. Adeyemi is perpetually threatened when formidable leaders are concerned and its perpetual with him over the years.
“Sen. Adeyemi amassed a lot of wealth for himself and when his tenure expired as NUJ national President, he pushed the illicit monies acquired on the field into contesting Kogi West Senatorial district in 2007. Like Sen. Dino Melaye, like Sen. Smart Adeyemi, the constituents’ of Kogi West senatorial districts are unfortunate to always have wayward Senators representing them at NASS.
“As we speak today, Sen. Adeyemi has no known legacy in his constituency to showcase for his three tenures in NASS commensurate with the billions of naira, he has received as constituency funds; just like his predecessor, popularly known as ‘Dino.’
“The idea of leadership known to these fellows is personal enrichment against the people and he expects everyone to become a cheer-clapper in the crowd of sycophants around them.
“The mindset of Adeyemi is that every leader of the people in Nigerian today should be deceptive like him and he finds Gov. Ikpeazu an automatic enemy for trying to transform Abia state. Only God Almighty knows when Sen. Adeyemi would become Governor of his home state of Kogi.
“We now understand why Sen. Smart supports his state Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, who is variously and consistently rated by Nigerians as Nigeria’s worse Governor after Benue’s Gov. Samuel Ortom. But we wish to appeal to Sen. Adeyemi that no one is at war with him at the moment.
“So, he should discard his penchant for uncomplimentary comments about the Governor of Abia State and other leaders in that state or elsewhere in Nigeria. Sen. Smart Adeyemi is a three-tenured Senator in NASS and still serving, but no bills to his pride. We challenge him to disprove us. We cannot silently accept his descent into barbarism, animalism and insults on the concept of parliamentary sovereignty all over the world; much less on Gov. Ikpeazu.
“We advise Sen. Adeyemi to speak to his Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello to clear his indebtedness of salaries and pensions in Kogi state before he looks the direction of Abia state, where Gov. Ikpeazu has excelled in developmental projects. It’s not about salaries or pensions, we are talking about now. It’s about people’s development!
“Finally, CSGs demand an immediate apology from Sen. Adeyemi to Gov. Ikpeazu. Failure to publicly apologize would compel us to take further steps to test the liberty of freedom of speech in the Nigerian parliament in the judiciary. Only after the court’s verdict, we shall know whether parliamentary immunity includes the sort of hogwash or defamation, Sen. Adeyemi hurled at Gov. Ikpeazu.”
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