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After The Dust Has Settled At NASS

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Nigeria News take a look at the new leadership of NASS and Nigerians expectation from APC.

After the dusts have settled and the legislators have chosen their leaders, it requires that the All Progressives Congress retool itself for the bigger task ahead.

The party has done a good job in ensuring that it has put its anointed candidates in the NASS leadership positions.

Senator Ahmed Lawan as the Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege as his deputy; Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila as the Speaker, House of Representatives and other principal officials were elected as planned by the party.

Senator Ali Ndume created an atmosphere that one had thought would shake the Senate leadership election but he lost flatly, including the votes of some PDP caucus.

Nigerians are waiting for the first excuse from this underperforming party. In less than two weeks, this government will be a month older and with NASS on recess, it is not sure that the country will have a new set of ministers before August.

Some State governors have appointed their chiefs of staff, secretaries to the State government and media aides to kick start their administration.

In Sokoto, Governor Aminu Tambuwal has sworn-in his commissioners to show his readiness for the second term in less than three weeks of his inauguration. This is a sign of good things that may come out from the State.

As we await the announcement of Buhari’s cabinet, there have been insinuations that the president may need the service of the former Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode.

The former Governor marked his 57th birthday at the weekend amidst celebration by his allies. As the jubilation was going on, a group of politicians filed a petition to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against the governor, calling on the anti-graft agency to investigate him.

The group also called on President Buhari to desist from including Ambode in his cabinet.

This is the main reason the APC will have to work on its internal crisis. This same scenario cropped up four years ago when a group of Lagosians kicked against the appointment of the former Governor, Babatunde Fashola as Buhari’s minister.

Despite the protest, Buhari went ahead to appoint Fashola as a superminister of Power, Works and Housing. What made it easy for Fashola to scale the screening at the NASS was his good human relations with many of the legislators while he was a governor.

I do not think Ambode has such aura to lure the lawmakers to his side. There are hundreds of angry politicians who will be waiting to spoil the show for him at NASS during the screening.

As they did for Fashola, alleging him of a N78 million website scam, stories are being sponsored in the media to dent Ambode’s image.

Fashola deflated the Senate as he answered probing questions on the allegation of N78 million. Fashola is not an accountant but his background as a lawyer helped him to scale the Senate hurdle.

For Ambode who is an accountant, the Senate may not want to listen to his mental knowledge during the screening. If Ambode must be a minister from Lagos, it means he has to visit Asiwaju Bola Tinubu once again and must begin to mend fences with the federal lawmakers from Lagos.

While I wish him well, Ambode should remember that Buhari has little to do in this matter because “Baba” is desirous of a smooth takeoff in this second term.

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