NASS: Forget about committee chairmen, Oshiomhole tells PDP lawmakers-elect
By Isiaq Olumodan, Abuja
Adams Oshiomhole, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has insisted that lawmakers of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the House of Representatives and Senate should forget being the head of any committee in the next parliament.
Oshiomhole, who stated this at a dinner hosted by President Muhammadu Buhari for elected APC lawmakers on Tuesday night, which held inside the Banquet Hall of the State House Presidential Villa, described the PDP as a ‘devil’, that the APC would never share power with in the 9th National Assembly.
“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 don’t go into coalition when you are in the majority, you do so when you don’t have the numbers. We have the numbers, out of 360, Nigerians elected 223 APC members because they don’t want Mr President to face the trauma of 2015,” he said.
The party chief also used the session to announce to the public that the APC has annointed the current Majority Leader of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, as its candidate for the speakership seat of the 9th Assembly.
He said, “If you are elected, it means you are tested and trusted. The National Working Committee (of the APC) had a meeting with representatives-elect, three weeks ago and it was very revealing.
“Their intervention is a clear confirmation that Nigerians did not make a mistake by electing them. Their deep knowledge of the constitution would convince many that they were not first timers but seasoned lawmakers.
“On their own, speaker after speaker, across the zones, pledged to work together for Mr President to lay a landmark foundation for a new Nigeria.“I am confident that this time around, they are very hungry Nigerians ready to deliver on the mandates at the campaigns.”
The former labour leader, however, carpeted present Senate President, Bukola Saraki and his counterpart in green chamber, Yakubu Dogara, recalling how the duo betrayed the APC which gave them platform to emerge in 2015.
The Edo former governor, who was visibly angry called PDP different names, saying, “We do not need to do business with the devil for us to survive in the ninth assembly.
“In the African family, we sit down in a closed door to address issues, the good news is that there is a role for everyone. Neither Mr President nor the party expects the National Assembly to be a rubber-stamp; we don’t even have rubbers…
“But we will not fight in Wuse market. 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 don’t have apologies against forces of retrogression.”