Posted By: OBIORA IFOH, GEORGE OJI and TORDUE SALEM
•Lawmakers settle down for business
For more than 50 days after its inauguration, the eighth National Assembly had been under conflagration over leadership tussle. However, last Tuesday, the crisis came to an end with each arm of legislature agreeing to sheath the sword for greater interest of the nation. OBIORA IFOH, GEORGE OJI and TORDUE SALEM bring the undercurrents that led to the resolution of the crises.
The National Assembly which has been in crises over leadership tussle finally last Tuesday resolved all differences and gets ready for legislative business for which it was in place to conduct.
How Saraki stemmed Senate crisis
Since the event of June 9, which marked the election of the former chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, and former governor of Kwara State, Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki, as President of the eighth Senate, that arm of the National Assembly has hardly known any peace. The same also goes for the election of Senator Ike Ekweremadu as the Deputy Senate President, DSP. Indeed, if the election of Saraki could be tolerated in any way, that of Ekweremadu is seen by the governing All Progressives Congress, APC, as complete abomination.
The circumstances leading to Saraki’s emergence as Senate President on that eventful June 9 are still fresh in the minds of most Nigerians. However, Saraki’s emergence is against the wishes of the leadership of the APC, under which platform the Kwara-born politician got to the Senate.
APC leadership’s favored candidate is no doubt, Senator Ahmed Lawan, a four-time senator from the North- East geo political zone of the country. Unfortunately, the party’s support was Lawan’s greatest undoing. Thus, while Saraki was busy building bridges of friendship and understanding among members of his APC and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Lawan was relying and counting on APC leaders’ support alone.
The final death knell on Lawan’s political ambition of becoming the Senate President was however delivered on June 9, when, instead of mobilising his supporters to face Saraki in an election on the floor of the Senate, he rather, led his team to attend an illegal meeting purportedly with President Muhammadu Buhari and some other supposedly party chieftains at the International Conference Center, ICC, Abuja, on a day that the Senate was to be inaugurated by the President, which also had as the only business of the day, the election of its presiding officers. Read More →
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