NAMA Apologizes to Oshiomhole for Grounding Plane during Ekiti Polls

The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, NAMA has apologized for grounding the chartered plane of Governor Adams Oshimhole of Edo state during the recent polls in Ekiti state.

The apology was offered when the management of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, NAMA, Benin Airport Branch paid him a courtesy visit. The team led by the Airport manager, Ibekwe Ikechi visited the governor in order to apologise for preventing the governor from attending the last governorship rally of the All Progressive Congress, APC in Ekiti state.

However, Oshiomhole threatened to take legal action against any governemntal body that again infringes on his fundamental human right of movement.

The governor who said he was in constant contact with President Goodluck Jonathan expressed doubt that the instruction to ground his plane emanated from the President. He also expressed worry that his government had been curtailed twice for inexplicable reasons.

    “The next time I am so interrupted, I will not fail to go to court and challenge the infringement on my fundamental rights to movement. We need to strengthen our democracy. We need to breathe air into our multi-party democracy,” he noted.

    He advised the airport authorities to shun partisan politics and rather insist on professionalism in its operations. ‘It will be a sad day if the management of a sensitive institution that has to do with air safety joins the club of politicians and political actors,” He said.

    The manager, Ikechi in his response apologized for the anomaly noting that such would not happen again. “If (such) things have happened before, let it be in the past, please,” he appealed to the governor.

    He also noted that his organization would continue to seek ways at improving the relationship between it and the Edo state government.

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