All Progressives Congress, APC members in the House of Representatives have accused the Speaker, Hon Yakubu Dogara of working against the interest of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Members of the House loyal to the House Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila have been at daggers drawn with the Speaker since after Dogara constituted the 96 House standing committees.
The members, who addressed the media after a closed door meeting with the National Leadership of APC at the party’s national secretariat, alleged that all the activities of the Speaker were against the party and its leadership.
They gave as an example of the recent composition of the leadership of the committees where they said he gave 50% of the committees’ leadership to the opposition parties and 50 percent to APC.
According to the aggrieved member, “nowhere in the world do opposition parties share leadership of committees equally with the ruling party.”
The statement of the group, which was read by Hon Musa Sarki Adar, states: “It is on record that Hon Yakubu Dogara has consistently taken the APC for granted on past occasions, including the following: showed contempt for APC’s National Leadership by spearheading a boycott when the former attempted to offer guidelines to House members before the election that threw him up as Speaker, with slim majority.
“Upon his emergence as Speaker, Hon. Dogara insisted on foisting his misguided and arrogant imposition of so-called ‘federal character’ in the Body of Principal Officers of the House, so as to frustrate the early stabilisation plan of the House as proposed by our party.
“Since climbing to the seat, Dogara has refused to belong properly to the APC House caucus, frustrating meetings, and instead, romancing openly with PDP legislators, including holding clandestine meetings to plot the downfall of our party.
“In furtherance of this treachery, he has severally frustrated efforts by patriotic members who wanted to table salutary motions aimed at commending and encouraging Mr President’s anti-corruption measures so far taken.
“In the same vein, the Speaker has continued to suppress critical and dissenting voices from contributing in debates at plenary sessions, while shamelessly promoting the dominance of activities of the House by hostile, opposition elements.
“Instead of promoting unity in the House, he is recklessly pursuing the path of division along ethnic and faith lines.
“In pursuit of his tyrannical agenda, the Speaker has caused a motley crowd of his co-conspirators to amend the House Rules, to enable him suspend members at will and generally apply punitive measures to kill the well known vibrancy that has historically characterised the House of Representatives.
“The composition of head ships of committees must be seen for what it is: a declaration of war against the APC and the Presidency – all calculated at sabotaging the majority advantage that APC enjoys, with ultimate aim of rolling back the electoral victory of our party.
“The composition of Chairmen and Deputy Chairmen of Committees are clear manifestations of the marginalisation of the ruling All Progressives Congress. Under the 7th Assembly headed by Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, the then majority party – PDP got 63 out of 89 committees of the House which constituted 71% share of the committee while the Minority parties (ACN, ANPP, CPC and others) got only 26 out of the 89 committees which underscores the fact that the Minority got only 29% share of the committees.
“Unfortunately, under Speaker Yakubu Dogara, the Majority party – APC got 50% share of committees, same with the PDP and other Minority parties which equally got 50%. No legislature in the world had ever shared committees on 50:50 basis between the Majority and Minority parties. There must be a clear cut margin between Majority and Minority parties as was done in previous assemblies. Worthy to note that, in the U.S Congress, the current Majority Party (Republican) enjoys 100% Committee chairmanship allocation while the Minority party is only considered for Deputies and also most African parliaments do not share same equally”.
The aggrieved APC Reps insisted that the only remedy would be for the Speaker to reverse the committee headship in favour of the ruling party.