– An election monitoring group has called on Senate president Bukola Saraki to swear in the senator representing Akwa Ibom northeast district, Bassey Etim
– The group called on Saraki to save Nigeria’s democracy by doing the needful
– The group said democracy can only thrive where there is obedience to the rule of law
A United Nations election monitoring group and the Peoples Rights to Life Development Foundation (PERLDEF) has called on the Senate president Bukola Saraki to to immediately swear in the senator-elect for Akwa Ibom northeast senatorial district, Bassey Etim.
The group urged Saraki to save Nigeria’s democracy by doing the needful.
Expressing concerns on the continued delay in the swearing in of the new Senator, the group called on the eighth Assembly to obey a court order mandating the Senate President to swear Etim in.
In a letter, jointly signed by Nathaniel Ifot, the national chairman of the group; Ali Abacha, the national secretary and Oni Emmanuel, the group’s zonal coordinator, southwest, PERLDEF said democracy can only thrive where there is obedience to the rule of law.
The group further urged the eighth Assembly to act as a custodian of the rule of law by setting the right precedence.
Further commending the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for withdrawing appeal that sacked Senator Bassey Akpan and replaced him with Etim, the group said the appeal was never necessary.
The letter read in part: “In view of the urgent need to match your word with action to move the country forward and respect the constitution of Nigeria that guides us as a country, the senate standing rule and the Electoral Act, you are therefore requested to swear in Senator Etim.”
“We therefore appeal for your prompt response to our request to swear in Senator Etim to represent the people of the Akwa Ibom North East Senatorial District as the certificate of return issued to the former senator Akpan Bassey has since been withdrawn.”
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NAIJ.com earlier reported that the PDP withdrew its appeal calling for the sack of the Akwa Ibom Senator.
The party led by the Ahmed Makarfi caretaker committee asked the Court of Appeal to dismiss its appeal against the Federal High Court, Uyo.
The party said the appeal was not necessary and should not have been filed in the first place.
You can watch this NAIJ.com video of Nigerians reacting to scrapping of the Senate: