Friday, 7 August 2015

#BENUE GOVERNORSHIP: WHY I REFUSED TO SETTLE OUT OF COURT – WAKU

Senator Joseph Waku has explained the reasons why he has continued to challenge the candidacy of Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state in court.



Senator Waku, in an interview with Daily Trust in Abuja, said the case he and ex-Rep Emmanual Jime had in court was meant to address injustice and impunity in party politics, especially in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

He stated that there was no law that permitted imposition of candidates by party leaders, stressing that “it is no longer exclusive right of a party leader to sit in his bedroom and decide who occupy a position.”

“The National Assembly foresaw this danger - that some leaders will sit in their bedroom with their family and choose who to be this, using the party’s name. That is why there is a definitive policy now that has to be followed. So, the party is no longer one-man-show. That has brought a healthy political development,” Waku added.

When asked if he was still pursuing the governorship position in Benue state, the former senator said, “Yes, I’m still pursuing the governorship of Benue state. I’m still in court pursuing that case. It’s not for me to emerge as governor of Benue state. But I’m pursuing it against impunity and injustices. The right thing ought to be done. And it has to be done. So, I’m against injustice and impunity. The only place where I can earn that judgement is through the judicial process.

“It can’t be through violence. That is why we (Honourable Emmanuel Jime and myself) resulted to pursuing this to a logical conclusion.


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