Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, yesterday urged the presidency to probe the inner motives behind the constant attack of the National Assembly by some aides of the President, particularly the Special Adviser to the President on Political Affairs, Ahmed Ali Gulak.
“It is advisable for Mr President to review the stewardship and real inner motives of Mr Ahmed Gulak whom, either oblivious of his job schedule or lacking the competence to undertake it, is preoccupied with fomenting trouble for his administration”, he said in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Political Matters, Hon. Okey Ozoani.
The call was against the backdrop of an interview granted by Mr Gulak to a national newspaper in which he alleged that Senator Ekweremadu said that most National Assembly members were illiterates. Besides, he again claimed that National Assembly is responsible for poor budget implementation by the reason of its late passage of appropriation Act.
However, Ekweremadu in the statement in Abuja, debunked the allegation saying such claim is ‘no less spurious and insulting’. “His claims that the Deputy President of the Senate said that most National Assembly Members were illiterates is no less spurious and insulting.
"To put matters straight, the Deputy President of the Senate, while speaking on the topic “The Political Ideology of the Great Zik of Africa and Challenges of Leadership in Nigeria” at the 2nd Zik Annual Lecture Series organised by the Nigeria Union of Journalists in Awka stressed that the 21st century Nigeria needed knowledgeable leadership at all levels that could effectively drive development and realize the lofty dreams of the nation’s founding fathers”.
“It is unfortunate that Gulak who is supposed to be neck deep in gainful political strategies and bridge-building for Mr President has practically reassigned himself the disreputable role of troublemaking, meddlesome interloping and indeed bridge breaking.
“One would expect Gulak to allow the Presidential Adviser on National Assembly Matters, Senator Joy Emodi who is experienced in the matters of the National Assembly, having being a Distinguished Senator of great repute, to continue with her mature handling of matters relating to the institution rather than muddling things up.
"Or does Gulak also want to take over the job of Presidential Adviser on National Assembly which the President must have put several things into consideration before making a choice for the appointment?
“Let it be made clear, once again, that the National Assembly has no issues with the President and Commander-in-Chief. It is rather people like Gulak that are bent on stage-managing crisis of confidence for reasons best known to them.
“While it is gratifying that Mr President has recently had cause to disown Gulak over his poor conducts and unguarded statements hauled at the National Assembly and its officers, for the umpteenth time, it’s advisable for Mr President to review the stewardship and real inner motives of Mr Ahmed Gulak whom, either oblivious of his job schedule or lacking the competence to undertake it, is preoccupied with fomenting trouble for his Administration”, the statement read.