OrderPaperToday – Senator Isaac Alfa has stated that he “bears no grudge” despite being denied his seat at the National Assembly for the past three and half years due to judicial interventions.
The Kogi East senator in a press briefing on Wednesday expressed appreciation to God for vindicating him while giving credit to the senate leadership for upholding justice in the end.
According to him, his struggles to return to the chamber after he was sacked in 2016 was not for his personal benefit but just to serve his people.
He buttressed his point saying, “by the special grace of Almighty God, I rose to become the Chief of Air Staff, the largest in Africa, and one of the most operationally powerful today. I was a member of the PRC which collectively was then number three after the Head of State and Chief of General Staff. So, Senate was a service to my people, bringing this large tribe to where it ought to stay.”
Narrating his ordeal he said: “The battle to retain my mandate wasn’t easy especially when I had to fund the litigation from my pocket with absolutely no help from anywhere. Every Politician knows that political litigation is not cheap.
“But I was determined so that my people’s decision must count whenever they decide to field their choice; that nobody should come from outside by any other name to impose their decision on us. Now, my people feel liberated and are encouraged to insist on their choice, as I have shown that with God on your side, the judiciary will give you justice.
“My case went through 34 Judges and I won 10 out of 11 judgments; with the only one won by my opponent reversed by the same appeal court. I never gave a kobo to any judge in my three and half year’s ordeal. I know that no system is perfect but there are some Nigerian Judges today that are absolutely incorruptible. God passed my case through many of them and may God bless them.”
While Alfa is grateful for his return, he however expressed sadness that he might not be able to achieve anything for his people in next 2 months especially because his constituents- Igalas and Bassa “have never witnessed any federal presence as far as I know for the past 20 years.”
On his next steps, he noted that he would seek the cooperation of the Senate President on a motion to declare Kogi state an oil producing state especially his senatorial district, Odolu axis of Kogi East which his boasts has more capped oil wells than Anambra and Ibaji put together.
He also promised to look into the delay in the completion of the green refinery at Itobe which was inaugurated at the same time with that of Lagos state and while that of the latter has started operating, the former is not progressing.
Also, he insisted on the importance to site a Maritime University in Lokoja to serve the interest of North Central, North East and North west which he would equally work on.
He said: “I don’t know what is holding up dredging of River Niger to Lokoja but the two are complementary. I will seek the Senate President’s cooperation on all these because they are extremely important.”
Alfa advised President Muhammadu Buhari to create multiple bridges for connection between the north and the south but he is not asking that the government fund these bridges projects but advised them to use “PPP developers and concession like recently done for construction of roads.”
He told Buhari to focus on “severe re-organization of the Police Force” to achieve its anti-corruption fight must focus on sever re-organization of the Police Force.
“The Police as constituted presently is not only undisciplined right down the line, un-adequately is not only undisciplined right down the line, un-adequately trained. The Police Service Commission as presently constituted is absolutely powerless.
“If the Police is up and doing, we won’t need the SSS to go after the Judges, we won’t need the military to secure elections, lawyers wont charge hundreds of millions or billions to compromise the judges who are representatives of Almighty God on earth,” he stated.