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NASS Leadership; Intrigues And Ambitions

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Nigeria News takes a look at the plots by political parties to control the incoming NASS leadership.

The past eight Assemblies had produced seven Senate presidents, including Senators Evans Ewerem, Chuba Okadigbo, Adolphus Wabara, Ken Nnamani, Anyim Pius Anyim, David Mark and Bukola Saraki.

Of them all, Saraki happens to be the only former governor that was able to muscle his way into the Nigeria number three position, having outwitted his former All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2015.

Nigeria former governors have since turned the Senate chambers to their retirement abode and even seek the highest seat in the chambers to fortify their political base.

Nigerians whom the senators represented have not had it rosy with the lawmakers whose personal ambition had so much beclouded their legislative duties.

The last few weeks have seen the lawmakers strategising with the ruling All Progressives Congress on who becomes the next president of the senate.

Recalled that Ewerem had a problem of integrity during his leadership over his name. He was impeached because of the problem of identity of what to call him between “Evans and Evan”.

Chuba Okadigbo took the mace to his house in a regime that was filled with a lot of crisis. Adolphus Wabara was alleged of corruption. He was exonerated of all charges a few weeks ago, after about 12 years.

Nnamani did well as the president of the Senate. He radiated intellectualism and robust debate that singled him out as an exceptional Senate president likewise Pius Anyim.

David Mark ensured smooth sail of Goodluck Jonathan’s administration. Under Mark, the Senate and the executive were in deep romance. The relationship was superb with a lots of budget padding that were not exposed to members of the public.

However, the emergence of Saraki and of course the uncompromising government of Muhammadu Buhari exposed the budget padding by the National Assembly.

It was a scenario that created suspicion and gap between the Senate and the executive in the current administration. This current eighth assembly is one of the worse in the history of the country legislative arm.

Led by Saraki, the eighth assembly faced so many crisis, including allegations of corruption against the president of the Senate, members of the Senate cum counter allegation against some members of the executive.

This is good of course, it brings out the beauty in democracy. But as this drama continues, the masses suffer because the lawmakers have failed to perform their normal duty of legislation.

The leadership of the All Progressives Congress is making effort to land a more matured Senate leadership that will work in public interest, according to the party’s National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.

The APC leadership is of the opinion that there should be party supremacy and that it had appointed the president of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan and Speaker, Federal House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.

This position does not go well with many of the lawmakers, some of whom had also signified their ambition to occupy the number three and four seats in the country.

Senator Ali Ndume and Mohammed Danjuma Goje are prominent on the list of those contesting for the Senate president. Goje, unlike Ndume and Lawan was the former governor of Gombe State.

He wants to toe the line of Saraki but Lawan is going to the Senate for the fourth time, an experience President Muhammadu Buhari has seen and would like to have on board.

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