A group, Leadership Rescue Initiative has charged delegates of the forth coming National Conference to resist the temptation of selling their consciences for money and to emulate a former Senate President of the country, Senator Kenechukwu Nnamani.
The group in a statement signed by it’s chairman, Comrade Richard Odunsanya also urged President Jonathan to give the Conference free hands and independence to enable them dabble into all issues of national importance.
Odunsanya said “This Conference cannot afford to fail. It cannot go the way of the previous ones like the one preceding this which ended as an expensive jamboree. The previous conference failed because of the inordinate ambition of some greedy politicians who merely wanted to use the Conference for tenure elongation, popularly called 3rd term.
“It is in the light of the above that today, we want to celebrate the Hero of the third Republic, Senator Kenechukwu Nnamani GCON, popularly known as Ken Nnamani. Ken Nnamani was elected into the Senate in 2003 to represent Enugu East Senatorial Zone on the platform of the PDP. In 2005 following
the resignation of the then Senate President, Sen Adolphus Wabara, Ken Nnamani became the Senate President.
“During his tenure there was a strong attempt to amend our Constitution and elongate the tenure of elected officials. Ken Nnamani refused to compromise or succumb to the threats and intimidation from the other end. He remained steadfast and dedicated to the oath of office. In fact he was stubborn for the right reasons. So many “Ghana must go bags” were thrown but his conscience could not be purchased.
“Ken Nnamani stood his ground and presided over the rejection of the 3rd term gambit that would have produced a Nigerian version of Mugabe. Today, we are enjoying the sacrifice he made by standing up against the tyranny of a few misguided elements who think Nigeria is their personal estate. Ken stood for the Truth, Justice and fair play. He also sacrificed his personal ambition in pursuance of his ideals.
“He declined to contest for Senate again in 2007 because he knew they would gang up against him because of the lead role he played in truncating the third term gambit. Today we salute him. He is a living legend. In 2008 he opened the Ken Nnamani Centre for Leadership and Development, an institution that promotes good governance and development.
“We urge all delegates to this conference to emulate the style of Ken Nnamani. Never join the band wagon. Never compromise because of gratifications. Speak your mind. Don’t bury your conscience. Most importantly we want them to remember that People like Ken Nnamani fought a good fight to keep us where we are today, these sacrifices by Ken and other Heroes must not be in vain. In conclusion let’s be reminded of the words of our departed hero Late Chief Gani Fawahinmi “STAND FOR THAT WHICH IS RIGHT, EVEN IF IT MEANS STANDING ALONE,” the statement concluded.