No More Looting, As ‘Saint’ Oshiomhole Blocks All PDP Lawmakers From Juicy Appointments

By Post-Nigeria: April 17, 2019 12:18

No More Looting, As ‘Saint’ Oshiomhole Blocks All PDP Lawmakers From Juicy Appointments

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Adams Oshiomhole, has said that Lawmakers of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the House of Representatives, will not be appointed as Chairmen of Committees, in the 9th National Assembly.

Speaking at a dinner hosted by President Muhammadu Buhari, for elected APC Lawmakers, on Tuesday night, Oshiomhole said that the decision is because the APC has learnt from the “mistake” of 2015, when Members not loyal to the party were allowed to assume leadership positions in the National Assembly.

The dinner was held inside the Banquet Hall, of the State House Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Oshiomhole stated that even as APC Members, Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, were hostile to the APC administration led by Buhari.

He accused the duo of creating tension in the system, delaying budget needlessly, and creating all sorts of obstacles to frustrate the government.

“In life, mistakes are permitted. But it becomes a problem, if the mistake is repeated twice. We are determined not to repeat the mistakes of 2015 in 2019, we have learnt our lesson.

“Out of 223 APC elected Members, 67 were re-elected, the rest are new Members.

“In other climes, you do not go into coalition when you are in the majority, you do so when you do not have the numbers. We have the numbers, out of 360, Nigerians elected 223 APC Members, because they do not want Mr. President to face the trauma of 2015”, he said.

The APC Chairman, maintained that the House of Representatives has 96 Committees, and that all re-elected Members will chair strategic Committees, adding that, “even new Members will chair Committees this time around”.

He revealed that the decision is sequel to the fact that most of those who decamped from the APC, were rejected by Nigerians during the election, and “even those who led it were uprooted by the Otoge movement in Kwara State”.

“We cannot as a party which has a comfortable majority, entrust critical Committees in the hands of the PDP or opposition.

“If Nigerians wanted them, they could have voted them. In the days of PDP, every Committee were chaired by PDP Members”, he said.

Oshiomhole also stated that Buhari and the Leadership of the party, do not expect the National Assembly to be a rubber stamp.

He pointed out however, that they will operate like a typical African family, where issues are discussed in closed-door.

“The good news”, he said, “is that there is a role for everyone”.

“Both the re-elected and new Members, are entitled to heading Committees

“We have asked our people not to share what belongs to us with other party Members.

“I do not have apologies against forces of retrogression”, Oshiomhole said.

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