BATTLE-LINE! Saraki, Dogara’s allies caught in crossfire as APC shops for new Speaker, Senate President

In 2015, the National Assembly witnessed a change of leadership which was a break from the usual norm considering that the party’s anointed candidate for the leadership of the House of Representatives and the House of Senate was jettisoned for candidates chosen by the lawmakers through political permutation and call for favours.

 

However, the chosen leadership through Its running if the house has been characterised with various issues such as impunity, but one which struck the cord of the nation is the obviously tense relationship between the legislature and the executive.

However, Senate President Bukola Saraki leadership will be coming to an end soon as he would not be joining other Senators in the 9th Senate having lost his re-election bid into the red chambers.

Meanwhile, Speaker Yakub Dogara who was able to secure a re-election into the green chamber may not contest because his current party now has minority status in the house with only 111 honourables.

 

In light of these, the senator representing Delta Central Senatorial district in the Senate, Barrister Ovie Omo-Agege, has vowed that no lawmaker remotely connected with Senator Bukola Saraki will be allowed to hold leadership of the 9th Senate.

 

 

Omo-Agege stated this while giving an insight into how the next leadership of the National Assembly would be selected.

The senator also lamented that those he described as Saraki’s relegates regime made sure all agenda of the government were shut down for almost three of the four years of Buhari first tenure.

The lawmaker was quoted saying, “The move to shut out Saraki’s men was necessary to avert a repeat of events of the out-going Assembly.”

 

 

Omo-Agege said that President Buhari, as leader of APC, would consult with the party’s caucus on who should emerge Senate President.

 

“For that reason, we are saying, it is the party’s caucus that will meet in consultation with Mr President and decide and recommend for the leadership position. And Mr President is the head of that caucus. We’ll no longer allow relegates to govern the National Assembly. When they did the last time, you saw what happened,” he stressed.

 

When asked if he would be contesting for the top job, he replied, “I have not told anybody that I am interested in running for the Senate Presidency. But, having said that, I am just as qualified as any other ranking senator of the Ninth Senate.

 

 

“So, when the time comes, depending on the decision made by the caucus of the party – Mr President and other relevant stakeholders – and depending on where it is zoned to. After the zoning, we consult ourselves and complied with the rules.”

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