By Abdulwahab Abdulah
A civil society group, Access to Justice, AJ, has condemned the refusal of the Senate to swear-in Chief Uba Igbeke as the duly elected Senator, representing Anambra North Senatorial Constituency, saying this may destroy Nigeriaâ€™s democracy.
The group in a statement noted that the failure of the Senate to absorb Igbeke as a member of the Senate was condemnable and an affront to a subsisting court order which is superior to any rule purportedly relied on by the Senate to deny Igbeke as a member of the Nigeria Senate.
The statement by its Executive Director, Mr. Joseph Chuâ€™ma Otteh, said, â€œWe deplore this outright action of the Senateâ€™s leadership.
The President of the Senate, Senator David Mark, is failing to offer the kind of leadership our country needs now, in order to consolidate its frail and fledging democracy.
â€œThis is the kind of behaviour that stifles faith in the ability of the Nigerian judiciary to perform its functions effectively, and dampens Nigeriaâ€™s ability to market its investment potentials to domestic and foreign investors.