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Ex-Lawmaker Lauds Buhari’s Support For Party Supremacy

Posted: Jul 6, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Yaqoub Popoola Ekiti

Former member of the 7th House of Representatives, Hon Opeyemi Bamidele, has praised President Muhammadu Buhari for emphasizing the need for all members of the All Progressives Congress to align themselves with the doctrine of party supremacy.



Bamidele, ex-chairman, House Committee on Legislative Budget and Research under  Hon. Aminu Tambuiwal-led House, said Buhari placing himself under the authority of the APC, had automatically resolved the leadership crisis rocking the two chambers of the National Assembly.

In a statement in Ado Ekiti on Saturday by his media aide Ahmed Salami, Bamidele urged the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, to embrace what the leader of the party had demonstrated, to restore lasting peace to the party.

He urged the duo to reciprocate the party’s gesture as communicated by the National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, that their elections stand recognized, even in the face of breaching the party’s directive to actualize their aspirations.

President Buhari had during the APC National Executive Council meeting on Friday, in Abuja, reiterated his desire for party supremacy, urging the feuding party members to pocket their ambitions and shift positions for united and cohesive APC representatives at the national Assembly.

Bamidele said: “What President Buhari demonstrated was a paradigm from the old order, where party was often being treated as an appendage of powerful individuals in a party. With this clear position, I believe the crisis in APC is over.

“President Buhari promised Nigeria change and he has started demonstrating this by showing how a good party structure must be under an ideal democratic situation. The party supremacy is a global convention and Nigeria cannot be an exemption no matter how we perceive our style of politics.

“I see no reason why members continue to feud when the national leader of the party had made it clear that the positions of the party is incontestable and must be respected at all times.

“The two factions must concede to each other. They must shift positions and concede where necessary in order not to blow away the party’s goodwill with Nigerians.

“We have to remember that it was a rare feat to defeat an incumbent President in a country like Nigeria where people seek power with everything, where politics is seen as a do-or-die affair.

“The APC members must count themselves as being lucky and must be cautious with the way they get carried away by this victory.”