Probable Look of The Ninth Assembly
Nigeria News takes a look at the probable look of the ninth assembly.
With the present arithmetic of the lawmakers at the National Assembly in the just concluded general election, the direction of the leadership of the ninth assembly is predictable.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has the highest number with 68 senators while the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has 40. Expectedly, the Senate President, Deputy Senate President, Senate Leader, Chief Whip will form the core of Senate leadership to be elected among the party that has the majority, that is APC.
The Minority leader is automatically ceded to the main opposition party, that is the PDP. In the House of Representatives, the speaker is expected to emerge from the ruling APC, which has the majority. The deputy speaker, majority leader and many other principal officers will definitely emerge from the ruling APC because of the party’s strength at the lower chamber.
Except the permutation is disrupted as it happened in the eighth assembly when the incumbent President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara played a fast one on the APC to emerge as the leaders of the red and green chambers, the ninth assembly is predictable.
The leadership of the All Progressives Congress must have learnt its lessons and must put its acts together now before the inauguration of the ninth assembly.
I think the party has done well, judging by the results of the last election. Saraki will not be coming back to the Senate. The PDP senatorial candidate was defeated by the APC candidate,
However, Dogara was re-elected but it is sure that he will not return as the speaker. He is now a member of the minority party, the PDP.
Another good strategy that the APC had quickly used was the suspension of the Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun and his counterpart in Imo State, Rochas Okorocha from the party.
These are two governors that have ambition and can easily play another fast one on the ninth assembly. Their suspension has made them stand without a
Both governors are sponsoring gubernatorial candidates against APC in their respective states. This is a gross anti-party activity, which the APC leadership has now taken a strong stance.
With the NASS leadership now open for the APC members, it is expected that the race will concentrate on the middle belt states, which include, Benue, Kogi, Kwara and Plateau.
This will happen if the party has not shifted its plan of chosen a senate president from the northeast of Borno or Yobe state.
The national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu had preferred the incumbent Senate Leader, Ahmad Lawan from Yobe to rise to the Senate presidential seat, having being denied the opportunity by Saraki’s cronies about four years ago.
It was gathered that the senator representing Lagos Central, Oluremi Tinubu had interest in the Senate deputy presidency. And for the green chamber, Femi Gbajabiamila, the present majority leader is still nursing the ambition.