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Chime cannot stop Enugu NASS members from seeking 2nd or 3rd term in office, says Senator Nnaji

Posted On Thursday, 24 October 2013 21:29 Written by Ede Raphael Onyekachukwu, Enugu
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Senator Gilbert Nnaji Senator Gilbert Nnaji

A battle line has been drawn between Governor Sullivan Chime and members of the National Assembly (NASS) from Enugu state, as the senator representing Enugu east senatorial district, Senator Gilbert Nnaji, have boasted that Chime could not stop any of them from seeking re-election.

There has been rumour of cold war between Gov Chime and the members of NASS from the state since he publicly announced that nobody serving 2nd term at the National Assembly would return to office by 2015.

The Governor had during a meeting of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, stakeholders few months ago, insisted that lawmakers who had served two or three terms would give room for fresh blood.

As if that was not enough, the chairman of PDP in the State, Engr. Vita Abba had also on Wednesday, during the party's local government election campaign rally at Nkanu East council area, declared that federal lawmakers from the area had not done enough for the people.

Abba, specifically mentioned the road linking the Enugu east headquarters and Nkanu West, a development that was also condemned by Governor Chime, who said the road was an embarrassment to him and the state.

The uncompleted road is one of the projects said to be under the purview of Senator Nnaji.

Speaking to newsmen in Enugu thursday evening, Nnaji, who is the chairman, senate committee on communication, declared that no individual including Governor Chime, has the power to stop any political office holder from seeking re-election from the electorate.

He said, "there is no gap between Abuja politicians and our Governor; if the Governor said that lawmakers are not going back for 2nd or 3rd term, it is for the people to decide. It is only God that gives power; it is not man.

"So, the Governor cannot decide for us, he cannot decide for either senatorial districts or constituencies; he cannot decide, it is the masses that will decide whether you will go back or not. If the masses say we will go back, nobody can stop us.

"We believe we have done well, so, when we place our score card on the table, people will see what we have been able to do" Nnaji declared.

On the road issue, Senator Nnaji said, "I want to put it clear to everybody that we only appropriate in the NASS, we have provided the money in the budget, you saw when Honourable Peace Nnaji said at the rally that N2 billion has been earmarked for that road.

"So, we have separation of powers, we can appropriate but we cannot implement; our problem sometimes is that when budget has been passed, the presidency will start doing selective implementation.

"We have also discovered that some Governors used to visit Abuja and follow-up on their projects in the budget, so our Governor is supposed to go and follow up on these projects in Abuja. if he throws his weight behind our efforts and accompanies us to the ministries in question, something will be done urgently", said Nnaji.

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