Lawan/Gbajabiamila: Between Gains And Pains of Loyalty
Nigeria News takes a look at the gains and pains of loyalty in the case of Senator Ahmad Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila for NASS leadership.
The Senate leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan and the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila have paid their dues and I think this is the time for them to reap.
They were thrown up by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2015 to lead the National Assembly as the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House but a coup by some of APC members in collaboration with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) never allow them to realise the dreams.
It was agreat pain they would have to endure. Lawan eventually became senate leaderafter Senator Ali Ndume was suspended by Senator Bukola Saraki’sadministration. To pacify Gbajabiamila, he was voted the majority leader.
And despitetheir positions, there are limitations to their influence at the chambers. Theeighth assembly was not ready to work with the executive arm of the government,shortly after the leakage of budget padding.
These twogentlemen, Lawan and Gbajabiamila became suspects and put under surveillance bythe NASS leadership. Their offence was that they were working for the executiveagainst the legislature.
There is something about Gbajabiamila and Lawan. They are very smart and diplomatic without which they would have been suspended by the legislators. The two were able to balance their relationship as leaders of the NASS and cronies of the executive arm.
They stand against NASS plots to frustrate President Muhammadu Buhari’s government and ensure that their roles as the legislative leaders are not jeopardised.
Even whenthe President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogaraand their allies crossed to the Peoples Democratic Party, Lawan andGbajabiamila remained focused with the All Progressives Congress.
This is the fifth time Gbajabiamila would be coming to the house, likewise Lawan to the Senate. Their experience and maturity to handle legislative matters in the interest of the nation are rare. Perhaps, they could not lead about four years ago because they had to learn more.
There is a price for everything. Nothing is free. Whatever that has come like a gift must have been paid for by someone else.
It will be on record that a Senate president once led the NASS during whose era issues of budget padding was prominent on the pages of newspapers. It is on record that both the majority and minority political parties once held the Senate and deputy senate president positions during Saraki’s leadership.
It is alsoon record that both the APC and PDP produced the speaker of the house anddeputy speaker respectively in the eighth assembly because members of theruling APC at the NASS refused to abide by the party’s policy.
These arerecords that never helped this country but revealed to us that our lawmakerswork for selfish gains. If this nationmust move forward the leaders, many of who belong to political parties must beable to unite their members and speak with one voice irrespective of theirpersonal ambitions.