The plot to smuggle in moles into the senate exposed; we are losing our senate

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The Plot To Smuggle In Moles Into The Senate Exposed…..We Are Loosing Our Senate
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Never in our history have we been blessed by a senate so independent, strong, united and forthright like we have now.
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A senate of men and women of wisdom. Conglomeration of patriotic Nigerians. Energetic senators who serve as a mirror to the evolving generation. The senate of youths, the senate of Melaye, the senate of intellectuals, the senate of Shehu Sani, the senate of accomplished economists, the senate of Ben Murray-Bruce. Senate of not easily cowed politicians. Senate of Saraki, Ochendo, Ekweremadu, Peter Nwoboshi, Joshua Dariye, Olusola Adeyeye, Akpabio and a host of others. Our Senate is complete. What a mismatch executive!
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A senate where internal independence is unflinching. A senate of no nonsense interference. A senate that defied history to say no to the executive countless times, a senate whose leadership is competent and drawn from heaven. A senate of the brightest politicians of the century, a senate of the people.
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What have they not done? Nigerians expected that the persecution of the senate leadership would derail the senate from achieving any meaningful heights but no, like a tsunami, we witnessed the highest legislative activism known to our old history. Our Senate has passed over 30 bills, the highest of them all is the Peace Corps bill expected to galvanize the youths into action and create job opportunities. A bill that is before our president who promised job creation and change before his election for assent for many weeks now.
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For the first time in History, we have a senate that understands the sacrosanct of the institution, its independence and the fundamental doctrine of separation of powers, a senate that believes that even the president should get it right. A Senate that if not for, many Nigerians would have lost their jobs this week as our president, determined to bring more hardship to Nigerians, moved to ban the importation of cars through land borders. This would have surely led to a tremendous increase in the price of cars with aggravated damages to the work force at the border. If we can’t control our border, what then is the use of the custom service? I listened to the senate plenary where our proud senators took to the stage to reject this anti people’s policy of the executive. Dino Melaye, Ochendo, Shehu Sani, Murray-Bruce and others spoke not only logic but intellect. They spoke from their souls.
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Why is the 8th Senate so different? What made them special? It is not only the individuals. Our Senate is different today because they are not at the mercy of their political parties. After all, their leadership except Ekweremadu’s did not clinch to offices through their party ladders. From 1999 when we witnessed the highest form of executive rascality and party impunity not devoid of presidential perpetual interference, we had senate presidents who dared to do the needful removed, we witnessed rampant dislocation of the senate by changing the leadership every now and then. We had Senators at the behest of their parties-the executive always had their way. Separation of powers, rule of law and democracy sacrificed on the ulter of blind party allegiance primed above national allegiance. The president rules both the party and the Legislature. They always had it. Nothing is debated. The common interests of Nigerians are sabotaged. Party interests, the need to stay in power and next elections were always the yardstick. Members represent the president, their political interests and their bank accounts leaving their constituents to the God of the tailless animals. The House of Reps under Tambuwal was a bit independent but he was overpowered by the forces and wireless network of Aso Villa. Saraki has broken the jinx.
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The politicking that followed the APC victory is still fresh in our memories, the unity forum of Ahmed Lawal and the Likeminded Senators of Saraki. With the former having the backings of the party to form the leadership, the intervention of the God of politics, the enigma of Melaye and Saraki played out. A new era was set in our history. A history of outstanding performance, a history of legislative activism. The history of a constitutional senate.
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We are losing it. Just last week, the Senate APC caucus passed a vote of no confidence on Sen. Ali Ndume, removing him from being the senate leader. I don’t have problems with that as Ndume was a square peg in a round hole. My problem is that Ndume was replaced with Ahmed Lawal whom the party has since urged Saraki to install as the senate leader through a letter brought before the senate by Gbenga Ashafa and was immediately shut down by the senate president, the party senate is coming back for Buhari to finish up Nigerians who are already being sent to early grave in their numbers by his obnoxious economic policies. What happened to Saraki? Is he being possessed by the Aso Rock Evil spirits written about by Abatti? Has he lost his clout? Is this in any way connected to his travails at the Code Conduct Bureau of which youths and lovers of democracy had shown unwavering sympathy? Has he abandoned us for the 2019 quest? Who will speak for the less privileged? What will be the political culture for the youths? Must the old order linger for ages? I heard the next is Ekweremadu, is it written anywhere in not only our laws but in any international legislation of a sane country that the political party in power must produce the senate leadership? The PDP was lenient, they could have produced the Senate president on the Election Day but they were not greedy. Ekweremadu was duly elected, we had a hybrid of political parties leading the congress in the U.S and it was not an issue so far everybody pursued national interest. What is APC afraid of and why is every issue politicized in Nigeria? The south-south and south east have only Ekweremadu and u cannot deny them that. It is a sensitive national issue with roots to our very existence as a united entity.
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We are losing our senate. Our Saraki has become weak. He dances by the tune of the cabals he was decried of hijacking the presidency. Where is Melaye? The most vibrant legislator of all times; happy birthday in arrears sir. He is just 43. We look up to him, we want people younger than him to occupy the senate. He is our symbol and in him, we see that youths can take over the senate and perform well.
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The Senate is loved by all and our last wishes as democrats are to lend opposing voices against it from the wilderness.

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God Bless Nigeria!

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Comrade Okpe Sylvanus
Chief Political Editor With Statereporters
political commentator and civil Right Activist

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