As it was against the PDP, so the APC – Tambuwal, Na’Abba, others

By Post Nigeria June 11, 2015 12:55

As it was against the PDP, so the APC – Tambuwal, Na’Abba, others

Several former presiding officers of the National Assembly have described the emergence of Yakubu Dogara as the Speaker of the eighth House of Representatives on Tuesday as revolutionary.

The delegation was led by the former Speaker of the Chamber, Ghali Umar Na’ Abba on the first formal courtesy call on Dogara on Wednesday.

Na’Abba said the revolution was executed by both members of the ‎All Progressives Congress, APC, and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, whom he said are matured Nigerians who know where they want to place the country.

Among the former principal officers in the delegation were immediate past Speaker, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Patricia Olubunmi Etteh, Agwunwa Anaekwe, Babangida Nguroje, Emeka Ihedioha, Mulikat Akande-Adeola, Leo Ogor, Abdulrahman Kawu, Ishiaka Bawa and Mukhtar Ahmed.

Na’Abba, a member of the APC Board of Trustees, urged the party to accept the new reality, warning against taking actions that may be counterproductive for the party and the country.

He said that any party ‎who toys with legislators will be disappointed, noting that this was evident from the emergence of Dogara.

He said in spite of what the APC wanted, the legislators chose who will lead them.

According to the former principal officers, the event that played out on Tuesday that led to Dogara’s emergence as Speaker reminded them of the case of erstwhile Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal in 2011.

    “Then it was against the PDP, but now it’s against the APC,” they said.

Advising the new Speaker of the House, the group of former principal officers said, “You must be carrying everyone along, and I also believe that communication must open with our party in such a way that a synergy is realised with the leadership of the National Assembly and the party.

    “‎What we expect is that, of course the party will do its best to accept what has happened and also work with the National Assembly because it will be counterproductive if the party and the National Assembly are not in good terms.”

Dogara, in his remarks, promised to carry everybody along, and stated that he was happy that he could always run to them for counsel.

    “I and my team will always run to you for counsel, once you notice that something is happening. I will appreciate any intervention that I can get to ensure we are back on track. If there is any institution that has entrenched democracy in the country, the House of Representatives should be mentioned first, but it unfortunately remains the less celebrated.

    “We have seen how we have checkmated tendencies towards dictatorship in this country. Apart from that, it was in this House the third term agenda was killed.

    “We want to reach out to the executive ‎as quickly as possible and to the party as well. We realise that as responsible leaders, we have to compliment the efforts of other arms of government,” he said.