For the National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the now historical emergence of the incumbent Senate President, Dr. Olusola Saraki against Senator Ahmed Lawan chosen by the party during its mock election for the coveted office is an affront on not only him, (Tinubu), but the party as a body.
Tinubu is also not in support of the emergence of Rt. (Hon.) Yakubu Dogara as the Speaker of the House of Representatives against Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila chosen by the party during its mock election. The scenario is also something the former governor of Lagos State is yet to come to terms with, and it seems the whole development is the beginning of some serious events that would follow in the coming weeks.
The calculation of the party had been that someone from the North East, Ahmed Lawan would be the Senate President, while George Akume from the North Central would emerge the Deputy Senate President.
On other hand, the party had planned to make Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila from the South West the Speaker of the House of Representatives, while someone from the North East would serve as his deputy. But all these were jettisoned on Tuesday 8th, when Senators, under the name “Like Minds” chose to conduct an election into the seats of the senate president and deputy senate president, while most senators elected under the APC were at the International Conference Centre (ICC) Abuja to attend a meeting called by President Muhammadu Buhari to resolve the issue bothering on the leadership crisis in the National Assembly.
An APC chieftain, who did not give his name, told us last week that the party did not send its Chairman, Chief John Odigie Oyegun to tell pressmen that the party has come to terms with the emergence of Senator Saraki and Hon. Dogara as Senate President and House of Reps Speaker respectively.
“The whole thing was below the belt for the party. People are accusing Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu of meddling with the affairs of the National Assembly, not minding the fact that this was a man God used to cause change in the country. Apart from that, what happened behind the scene were more than what we all saw on the surface. Many politicking went on underground and the whole thing bothers on calculation and arrangement by the party. I cannot stay here to tell you all that we did behind the scene, but be rest assured that Senator Saraki and Hon. Dogara would pay dearly for their over-ambition,” said the party’s chieftain.
According to him, democracy is all about consensus and compromise, adding that making Senator Ike Ekweremadu from the South East under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the Deputy Senate President has changed the plan of the party of giving the post of the Secretary to the Federal Government (SGF) to someone from the South East.
Another source disclosed that Asiwaju Tinubu and some leaders of the party are pained by what they term as ‘the destruction of a house built over the years that led to the exit of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from power at the centre.’
He said that the whole thing is almost like waste of resources and time as the PDP is now having a say in the scheme of things at the National Assembly with the coalition between them and Senator Bukola Saraki.
“It goes beyond what you are seeing on the surface, how could Saraki work with those we all agreed were running the nation down, and who we eased out of office to make life better for the masses. We can no longer trust Saraki, Dogara and other APC members, who worked with them. They are now working against our common decision to use the APC to bring Nigeria to where she belongs. You can see that the Yorubas have lost out again as they lost the House of Reps leadership. Many people would talk about the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo. What is the work of a Vice President is it not to hold forth if the President is not around and he could not even come up with any policy. He is working at the mercy of the president, who would only assign to him what he deems fit at any point in time,” he said.
The source added that the APC would not allow impunity, as according to him, this was what caused the problems of the PDP in the first place, adding that the APC remains unshaken in its resolve to take the nation to the Promised Land.
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