As Thursday’s walk-out by senators of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the senate chamber during the ministerial confirmation of Mr. Rotimi Amaechi continue to generate reactions, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition have given different interpretations to the event.
While the APC described it as democracy in action and a sign that the party has regained its unity, the PDP hailed the move of its senators, saying their action was a stand against impunity and corruption.
In a statement by its national publicity secretary, Mr. Lai Mohammed, the APC said the confirmation of the controversial nominee in spite of the walk-out by senators of the opposition showed that unity has returned the party in the senate.
”We commend all our members and leaders in the Senate and indeed the leadership of the APC for this show of unity,” Mohammed said, adding that “it is part of democracy that while the minority can have their say, the majority will have their way. Therefore, the decision of the PDP Senators to walk out is nothing but democracy in action.”
On its part, the PDP speaking through its national publicity secretary, Mr. Olisa Metuh, said the confirmation of Amaechi was an affirmation of corruption and impunity by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration and the APC. According to him, the development signalled a death knell on the president’s anti-corruption crusade.
“We salute the courage and unity of purpose of our senators, especially as demonstrated in the Senate chamber on Thursday, in their collective stand against impunity and corruption in line with the wishes and aspirations of Nigerians,” Metuh said.
                                                                                                                                Reported on Oct. 29, 2015

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