Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, has opened up how they were able to stop the impeachment of Ike Ekweremadu as Deputy Senate President, and how he rejected overtures made to him severally to replace Ekweremadu.
Leader of South East Caucus in the National Assembly and Chairman, Senate Committee on Power, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, has said the unity existing among senators from the zone had sustained Ike Ekweremadu as Deputy Senate President.
Abaribe, who spoke at the public presentation of the report of the implementation of the 2017 capital budget of the Federal Government in the South East, in Enugu, yesterday, said he rejected overtures made to him severally to replace Ekweremadu as the number two in the Senate, but he turned it down.
“South East senators are united; that’s why your son (Ekweremadu) has remained as Deputy Senate President. They had approached me severally, to say ‘is he the only one that should be there. But I know we have unity of purpose; we’re united as South East senators,” he said.
He blamed the unending fight between the Executive and the Legislature for the poor implementation of annual budgets over the years, especially on the issue of zonal intervention projects.
He also identified mismatch of what the people needed as projects and what the government wanted to provide for them as another problem militating against budget implementation.
The Abia South senator opined that the challenge was not really to put an item in the budget, but the ability of the executive to execute the project. He, therefore, assured the organisers that he will work closely with other South East lawmakers to create an opportunity for them to discuss the report.
Former Economic Adviser to the President and Director General of the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, Prof. Osita Ogbu, applauded the governors for making out time to talk about development, instead of politics.
He tasked them to do realistic budgets for their states rather than wasting funds on inanities.Follow us on social media:
Passengers escape unhurt as bus goes up in flames on Lagos-Ibadan expressway
Catholic priest and 5 others arrested over alleged MASSOB affiliation
Phyna reacts following claims of abandoning her family after winning BBNaija ‘Level Up’ ₦100 million grand prize
“My daughter, Phyna disappeared after winning ₦100 million, doesn’t pick calls anymore” – Father cries out
Boy who was first seen with Mohbad’s corpse in car finally speaks on incident, chats leak
“I just spoke to Mohbads dad he has given me the go-ahead to bury mohbad in a befitting place” – Iyabo Ojo reveals
Naira Marley releases a recording of a phone conversation that he had with Mohbad days before his demise (Watch Video)
SO SAD: 100 dead and 150 others injured as fire breaks out at wedding party
Celebrity Gossip & Gist1 day ago
“If that thing gets there” — Mercy Eke says as she twerks a storm for Pere (Watch Video)
Celebrity Gossip & Gist1 day ago
“Whitemoney deserves my love, not Pere or Kiddwaya, he’s such a gentle guy and I am ready to show him a part of me” – Mercy Eke says (Watch Video)
News1 day ago
“Untie my womb” – Married woman tackles father for being childless for 6 years
News2 days ago
Graduate stabs himself with broken bottles over withheld results at Ambrose Ali University