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Don’t Truncate Nigeria’s Democracy, Na’ Abba Cautions APC

Posted: Jun 11, 2015 at 2:07 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By David Odama –  Abuja


The emergence of Yakubu Dogara as the Speaker of the eighth House of Representatives on Tuesday has been described as the modern revolutionary trend in the political history of Nigeria.

Former speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Ghali Umar Na’ Abba, stated this on Wednesday when he led a forum of former principal officers of the House on the first formal courtesy call on Dogara.

Alhaji Ghali Umar Na’ Abba

Alhaji Ghali Umar Na’ Abba

According to the former lawmaker, the revolution was executed by both members of the ?All Progressive Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), whom he said are mature Nigerians who  know where they want to place the country, even as he congratulated the new Speaker on his election.

Other 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.

Ghali Umar Na’Abba who cautioned the APC against  move to disown  what he described as constitutional  said such move would not only be  counterproductive  but will distort the the new reality on ground adding that  any party ?who wants to toy with legislators will be disappointed.

He stated that the exercise was evident from the emergence of Dogara, while in spite of what the APC wanted, the legislators chose who will lead them.

According to him, “The event that played out on Tuesday that led to Dogara’s emergence as Speaker reminded me of the case of Aminu Tambuwal in 2011.”

He noted that then it was against the PDP but now it’s against the APC.

In order to ensuring stability in the House, he advised the new speaker to carry every member along.

“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 I 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 counter-productive if the party and the National Assembly are not in good terms.”

Responding, the new Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, accepted to work with their advice, adding that he and his team “will always run to them for counseling once an issue is noticed or happening.

“I will appreciate any intervention that I can get to ensure that we are back on track.”

Meanwhile, the 8th Assembly, also on Wednesday, commenced the legislative session with all members, including Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila and his camp in attendance while Hon. Yakubu Dogara presided over the session as the new speaker of the House.