Now that Lawan and Gbajabiamila lead the 9th National Assembly…

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Prior to the election of the principal officers of the 9th National Assembly yesterday, there had been wheeling and dealing by the leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to produce a pre-determined outcome.

On several occasions, Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the APC, drummed it into the sub-consciousness of members on the need to make the leadership of the 9th National Assembly an APC affair.

He had insisted, “This time around, we must ensure that we have a leadership of the National Assembly that shares the vision of the executive. Although we will adhere to the principle of separation of powers, there is only one government and unless the various arms pursue the same agenda, it is difficult for the executive to realise its vision because legislative backing is often required for the executive actions.”

The insistence by the ruling party to take control of the 9th Assembly was predicated on its experience in the 8th Assembly. Although Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara, former Senate president and speaker, House of Representatives, respectively, were elected on the APC platform, the manner of their emergence as principal officers of the bicameral legislature went contrary to the aspiration of leaders of the party and the Presidency.

As a result of the manner of their emergence, Saraki and Dogara became a pariah to the APC family. The frosty relationship that existed between the Executive and the legislature negatively affected governance. Meaningful collaborations that could have positively impacted the Nigerian people could not take place as each camp saw the other as an enemy.

In the series of fights that took place between the Executive and the Legislature, the masses bore the brunt. Important bills that were passed into law by the lawmakers were not assented to by the … Read More...

Senate Presidency: Another PDP senator-elect backs Lawan 

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The race for the position of Senate Presidency in the Ninth National Assembly assumed a new twist as another senator-elect has backed the candidacy of Ahmad Lawan for the top job.
Peter Nwaoboshi who declared his support for Lawan’s aspiration at a media briefing in his office on Friday, said his decision was informed by his party’s continued silence on the matter as the inauguration draws near.
Inauguration of the Ninth Senate and election of Presiding Officers is expected to hold on June 11.
The Delta North lawmaker explained that even if his party officially takes a position, he has the right to decide who to support.
He pointed that that his constituents, Anioma people of Delta State, prefer Lawan to other aspirants eyeing the seat.
BusinessDay reports that with this development, Nwaoboshi becomes the second PDP senator-elect to endorse Lawan, with Abba Moro (PDP, Benue) being the first.
Checks revealed that the PDP Senate Caucus is currently divided on the matter with the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, throwing his weight behind Lawan’s main challenger, Ali Ndume.
According to Nwaoboshi, Lawan is the most qualified legislator for the position, having been in the National Assembly as an elected federal lawmaker since 1999.
“All those contesting for the position have approached me for support and as a student of history, I have studied their backgrounds which clearly show that in terms of experience, Lawan is the one with the requisite legislative experience.
“I have found in him competence and the required intelligence legislatively and politically to steer the ship of leadership of the 9th Senate and by extension, that of the 9th National Assembly”, he said .
He added that opposition of PDP senators-elect to Lawan has dwindled following the recent pronouncement by the Deputy … Read More...