The leadership of the incoming ninth National Assembly continues to generate controversies, politicking and alliance of strange bed fellows.
Training of newly elected lawmakers have began and the National Assembly will be inaugurated in next two months.
But, the leadership of the Assembly has generated a heated polity between the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) having majority and minority members, respectively.
Due to precedence, the party with the majority has always been in charge of the house leadership which is what the APC is planning to follow but the PDP has made it known that the leadership of the house is free-for-all.
The issue became compounded when the APC endorsed Sen. Ahmad Lawan for the position of Senate President against Senators Danjuma Goje and Ali Ndume, with same ambition.
It became more heated when it was revealed by sources within the National Assembly that the Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara, were allegedly planning to interfere in the process leading to the emergence of leaders of the 9th National Assembly.
Yesterday, the APC had disclosed that it was aware of steps allegedly being taken by Saraki, Dogara and the PDP caucus to influence the emergence of the next Senate president and other leaders of the ninth National Assembly.
It said the plan, which was aimed at ensuring that APC preferred candidates for the National Assembly’s positions did not emerge winners, would fail.
The party’s Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Yekinni Nabena, said this while speaking with journalists in Abuja.
He stated, “We are aware of the scheming by Saraki, Dogara and the PDP caucus to interfere with the emergence of the incoming National Assembly leadership. Their plans are bound to fail as the APC is a strong party with unity of purpose.”
While asking Saraki and Dogara to desist from manipulating the process, the APC chieftain said the party had learnt its lesson from what happened in the National Assembly in 2015 which led to the emergence of the outgoing leaders.
Describing the outgoing leaders as impostors, he accused them of sabotaging the party and hijacking its mandate.
He said the party would not allow a repeat of the current scenario where outgoing leaders were allegedly frustrating efforts of the Muhammadu Buhari government to reposition the country.
Nabena added that the choice of the party for the next National Assembly must be respected by all federal lawmakers.
“The APC has learnt its lesson from the outgoing National Assembly when impostors masquerading as party men sabotaged our party and hijacked our mandate. Affliction shall not rise up the second time. The efforts of the Adams Oshiomhole leadership of the party are commendable in achieving a fair selection and zoning arrangement that appeals to a greater section of the party stakeholders.
“The APC is the overwhelmingly majority party in the National Assembly and has a legitimate right to make its choices on the selection and zoning of principal offices. The APC family is in agreement on the party’s supremacy and the PDP and other opposition parties should focus on their minority positions,” Nabena stated.
It would be recalled that Ndume, in defiance to the stand of the APC has signified his intention to contest the Senate presidency.
However, it is become a sort of debate to determine senators who are in Ndume’s camp because he did not declare his ambition in a public glare where the elected lawmakers in his camp would have featured.
In reaction to Nabena’s allegations, the National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, stated that the allegations of Nabena showed that he and some other APC leaders did not understand the concept of democracy and separation of powers as well as the workings of the parliament.
Ologbondiyan, made this known during an interview with newsmen, while accusing President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, of interfering with the election of the National Assembly principal officers.
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