AN Abia State based Constitutional Lawyer and Human
Rights Activist, Dr. Anthony Agbazuere has warned the
ruling All Progressive Congress [APC] to allow the
election of Senate President Dr. Olusola Senator and
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu
Dogara to stand and allow Nigeria to move forward.
Agbazuere, further warned that threatening, harassment
and intimidation of the National Assembly leaders may
threaten President Mohammadu Buhahi and Vice-
President Yemi Osinbajo’s positions.
“An attempt to threaten them may lead to the
impeachment of either President Buhari or both Buhari
and Osinbajo. The implications are obvious”, Agbazuere
According to him, “when persuasion fails, it must not be
carried too far”, so as not to cause more harm to the polity.
“APC must also stop threatening [Ike] Ekweremadu and
must realize that his position is a bitter pill which the party
must swallow to survive.
“APC must not forget that the same structure which
brought Ekweremadu to office also brought Saraki on
board and this group/alliance is greater in number”, he
He also reminded the ruling APC that “the party has no
powers in any law to choose for members of the National
Assembly those to lead them”.
Agbazuere who is immediate past information
commissioner in Abia State, also faulted the figure being
published in the media as the number months workers in
the state are being owed salary.
Accordinf to him, the core civil servants are not owed more
than three months while workers in parastatals are owed
about 5 months, insisting that no worker in the state is
owed nine months salary arrears.
“It is therefore wrong, mischievous and an act of blackmail
against the state and the past administration for any one to
make a generalization to say that Abia workers are owed 9
or 10 months’ salary arrears.
“It is my view and I so hold that the picture of the salary
issue of Abia State workers should not be maliciously
presented in the media.
I am confident that Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has the zeal
and sagacity to address the problems and I urge Abians to
give him maximum support, cooperation and
understanding as the state addresses the consequences of
the drop in revenue”, the former commissioner said.