Former Presidential Adviser on National Assembly Matters, Senator Florence Ita-Giwa, has called on the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to be careful in handling the outcome of the National Assembly elections that produced Senator Bukola Saraki and Senator Ekweremadu as senate president and deputy respectively last Tuesday.
Ita-Giwa’s admonition is against the backdrop of her wealth of experience as a lawmaker and as a presidential adviser to two former presidents. In a statement issued Wednesday, she reminded the party leadership that there are dangers in trying to pervert the leadership choice of the lawmakers, noting that the case of late Chief Chuba Okadigbo and Evans Enwerem during President Olusegun Obasanjo’s regime should serve as a reference point to them.
She noted that the lawmakers wanted Okadigbo but the executive arm wanted Enwerem. According to her, this imbroglio led to instability for years and consequently affected legislations.
Ita-Giwa praised the fact that President Muhammadu Buhari refused to interfere but assured Nigerians that he would work with anyone. She added that people don’t believe in ideologies or political parties but personalities and that was why majority of the lawmakers rooted for Saraki and Dogara.
The statement said: “As a member of the National Assembly during Okadigbo and Enwerem leadership, I was privy to a lot of intrigues that led to instability then, and Nigerians watched with bewilderment with gale of impeachments characterising that era.
“APC should tread carefully. They should not rock the boat. The consequences may be dire. I urge them to respect the status quo and allow for independence of the legislature by not interfering with their choice of leadership.
“APC should respect the dignity of the lawmakers and allow the sleeping dog lie. Legislators are mature and cerebral individuals. They should be respected.”
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