Nigeria News: Comparing Saraki, Dogara Leadership Style
Nigeria News takes a look at the leadership style of the two heads of the National Assembly in their relationship with the executive.
The House of Representatives has shown professionalism in the way it has been relating to the executive over the years. Kudos must be given to its leadership even though the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara was not the All Progressives Congress candidate for the seat in the beginning.
The Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s faction of the APC had wanted Femi Gbajabiamila as the Speaker of the House but failed as the lawmakers elected Dogara. Gbajabiamila, however, became the Majority Leader.
Since then, the leadership of the House of Representatives has been growing stronger. Unlike the Senate where leadership has changed except the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, the leadership of the House of Representatives has been intact.
Both the Senate and the House of Representatives, no doubt share common interests, especially on the passage of some bills sponsored by the executives, the conducts of these chambers are very different.
This is due to leadership style. It is obvious now that the President of the Senate, Saraki has not done fairly well in the manner and approach of his politics with the executive.
He has made the Senate to quickly lose its steam when it comes to check and balance. Under him, the Senate symbol of authority, Mace was stolen but found.
Saraki became the Senate president through a back door when he entered into an alliance with the opposition, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Never in the history of the Senate is the deputy senate president comes from an opposition party. It happened because of the personal ambition of Saraki against the APC.
The party actually wanted Ahmad Lawal, the Senate leader as the Senate president but Saraki outsmarted leaders like Tinubu and President Muhammadu Buhari.
That was the first lesson Buhari learnt and a bitter pill for Tinubu at the time. Despite this, Tinubu summoned the courage to play along with Saraki but soon found out that the senate president was among those who were using the APC national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun against him.
With what is going on at the Senate at present in which the Senate president now seeks solace from President Muhammadu Buhari against the police is a slap on democracy.
The legislative arm is speedily losing the honour it deserves just because of lack of strong leadership. Thrice, the Senate had invited the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, thrice the man had refused to appear. He sent representatives.
However, as the dust over the arrest and detention of Senator Dino Melaye was being subsided, the allegation of a crime against Saraki came up.
The Kwara State Governor Abdulfatai Ahmed had notified Saraki of the plots by the IG of police to implicate him in a cult related crime that happened in the state.
Today, the closest allies in the Senate, that is Saraki and Melaye are having a serious issue with the police. Melaye was accused of gun running and illegal possession of arms while Saraki might be indicted in a cult case.
It is good to get to the top, the question is, has Saraki played his game maturely as the president of the eighth assembly?