Feb 25, 2008

A Volatile Senate and the Rule of Law

Nigeria's number 3 position is one hot seat that no one has been able to sit on for long. Since the restoration of demacracy in 1999, the Senate has witnessed 6 presidents, all within 2 tenures. They have all been characterized with (and removed due to) one scandal or the other. Evans Enwerem had forged Certificates, Chuba Okadigbo had embezzled, and so on. Now, Senate President David Mark has been sacked by the Elections Tribunal. Reason? The elections in Benue State which put him in power has been nullified. I sincerely hope this is not the beginning of another series of Senate Presidents in this regime.

Presently, the seat of government in Abuja is anxiously awaiting the results of the Presidential Elections Petitions Tribunal tomorrow, when it shall be decided if President Yar'adua was victorious in the Elections that took place last year. I'll leave you with a Food for thought. President Yar'adua has said he'll always abide by the rule of law. What if his election is declared as false? Will he leave? And if he leaves, I very much doubt that his successor will have the same respect for the rule of law. That'll effectively send us backward several places. What then is the way forward?

21 comments:

Afrobabe said...

Am I first??????????????

Ok I am actually supposed to sound all brilliant and intelligent here as a Benue chic but heck I am just knowing this now...here...got to call my dad...will be back with a brilliant answer...

Jaycee said...

Which way is the way forward????

Nigeria, my country. Let's just keep watching. I remember Chuba Okadigbo's days. It's just all corruption in Nigeria, and I'll just keep praying and hoping for a brighter future...

And if Yaradua's election was false? According to democracy he shouldn't be able to continue, it should be given to the next-in-power. But Nigeria being Nigeria may not adopt that rule and it may be overruled. And if we can't trust the elections, why shd we trust the results of the Elections Petitions Tribunal by the way??? (that shd be another question for thought).

I don't know jare...not making too much sense here! Lol. I'll come back with a more intelligent answer (copying afro)...he he...

Today's ranting said...

Nigerian politricks sha,David Mark sacked ke?

shalewa said...

well i don't like and know much politics but i remember reading in the paper that yar adua won the tribunal stuff.am not sure oh,i just glanced thru the paper headlines.cross check again.don't say shalewa said....ciao

aworan said...

I'm going to have to come back with a good answer to this blog....

princesa said...

We don see the results na and well we were'nt expecting any thing different.
How body?

Uzo said...

An intellectual post..You need to come back and update the people

darkelcee said...

Omotayo!!!!!

Update nah?

how is work?

1stpet2v9 said...

ummmm..... maybe we shud update now

Vera Ezimora said...

My darling Tayo,

The only suga in my tea. The only guard watching my gala...how body? And how goes my gala(s)?? I need to blog about this gala thing one day sef... (maybe my next post).

...as for the senate seat. They ought 2 elect me in2 office.

Vera Ezimora said...

Oh, and you need 2 update. Ah ah! Wetin dey do u sef?

kathryn said...

Here is an interesting article on Atiku...

http://www.damagecontrol101.com/

"Solid reputations take years to be won, but they can be lost virtually overnight. The political landscape is littered with the (figurative) bodies of those who have been implicated but later exonerated in scandal. The same is true in Africa as it is here in the States. And this is precisely what happened to former Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who is seeking his nation's presidency (full disclosure: Atiku's Washington-based attorney is a client, and I have provided counsel on his issues. Two of my colleagues have met directly with the Vice President). Mr. Abubakar was implicated in the bribery scandal that led to the indictment of Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA), but on close examination of the evidence it turns out, well, there is no evidence that he was involved at all."

NigerianDramaQueen said...

yet another case of 'scandals and the senate"

'Yar Mama said...

We can only pray for Nigeria becos everyone seems to be quickly losing hope that we would reach the promised land.

AaaDee said...

Hi Tayo: Sorry for replying to you so late as have been to India for a month. Had great time there with family n friends..Howz things at your end?

OluwaDee said...

I remember okadigbo's story.
lets c what happens 2 d new guy.

10ks 4 stopping by.

Vera Ezimora said...

Tayo,

check my blog out. I blogged about you...kinda sorta. www.verastic.com

Vera Ezimora said...

Tayo, I'm warning you for the last time: UPDATE!!!

chimanu said...

Hi , didnt realise you had a presence on the blogosphere.Nice one check out my blog also on http://crypticideal.blogspot.com/; You do need to update this really

Abimars said...

Tayo where are you?

Tayo said...

My people, please don't vex with me o! Been caught up with a lot of things. Updates are coming soon - sooner than you think - to a computer near you!