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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...