President Muhammadu Buhari has been accused of using his influence to compromise the institution of the National Assembly by directly involving himself in the process that led to the emergence of Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila as the House Leader.
Nigerian Pilot recalls that last week Tuesday, the leadership tussle in the House of Representatives was resolved following the emergence of Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila as the House leader.
Those named as principal officers for the 8th Assembly are: Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, House Leader (South-West); Hon. Buba Jubrin, Deputy Leader (North-Central); Hon. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa, Chief Whip (North-West) and Hon. Pally Iriase, Deputy Chief Whip (South-South).
Others include: Hon. Leo Ogor, Minority Leader (South-South); Hon. Chukwuma Chukwuka, Deputy Minority Leader (South-East); Yakubu Umar Badre, Minority Whip (North-West) and Hon. Binta Bello, Deputy Minority Whip (North-East).
The emergence of Gbajabiamila (APC, Lagos) as the House Leader finally ended the 49-day old crisis in the Green Chamber since it was inaugurated on June 9.
It would be recalled that on Friday, Hon. Gbajabiamila said it was the insistence of President Muhammadu Buhari and the All progressives Congress, APC that made him not to withdraw from the race.
The House Leader revealed that at a point, he informed President Muhammadu Buhari and his party that he wanted to withdraw from the race, but said they insisted that he remained in the race.
He said he was not desperate to become the Speaker nor the House Leader, adding that he would have been contented being a floor member in the lower chamber.
The House Leader also alleged that throughout the crisis saga, he was framed up to be the cause of the crisis that lasted for about 49 days.
Reacting on the recent comments made by Hon Gbajabiamila that he would have long withdrawn from the speakership race if not for the President and leadership of the party, the House Minority Whip, Hon. Yakubu Barde, on Sunday, said it would be unfortunate if the President had a hand in the emergence of Gbajabiamila.
In a press statement titled: ‘Between Buhari and Gbajabiamila: Who is lying?, Barde said they were alarmed by the development because it portends grave danger for the country’s democracy and the independence of the legislature.
The Minority Whip, however, warned the President to desist from using his power and influence to compromise the institution of the National Assembly, adding that they will continue to resist any attempt to compromise the independence of the House as protected by the constitution.
The lawmaker maintained that the President has some explanations to make over the ugly revelation.
According to Barde, “Buhari said he was ready to work with anyone who emerges and went ahead to reiterate this stance in his famous inaugural address “I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody.
“However, with the latest revelations by Gbajabiamila, we are not sure who is telling the truth between the two men.
“It is either one of them lied to Nigerians or both men jointly and separately lied.
“If as Gbajabiamila claimed that Buhari did influence his emergence as House leader, it will rather be unfortunate that the president is not a man of his words and Nigerians should now begin to scrutinise every word that emanates from his mouth.
“We are alarmed by this development because it portends grave danger for our democracy and the independence of the legislature.
“The president must resist the temptation to use his power and influence to compromise the institution of the National Assembly by directly involving himself in the process of emergence of the principal officers of the House.
“We will continue to resist any attempt to compromise the independence of the House as protected by the constitution.
“Meanwhile, Nigerians deserve to know the truth of what actually transpired in the process that led to Gbajabiamila’s emergence.
“President Buhari owes Nigerians some explanations over this ugly revelation by Hon. Gbajabiamila because the picture we are getting now is that of a president who does not belong to everybody, but to a few people.
“We woke up to read stories in most national dailies attributed to House Leader Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, in which he claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari did intervene in making him the House Leader,” he said.


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