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Shortcut, Long Lane, Story Of Saraki, Dogara

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Nigeria News takes a look at the election and time of former leaders of the National Assembly, Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara.

The immediate past President of the Senate Bukola Saraki and the Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara were the smartest in 2015 when they beat the plan of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to clinch the leadership seats of the National Assembly through the back door.

The two easily aligned with the opposition, Peoples Democratic Party, to realise their selfish ambitions of becoming the Senate President and speaker of the House of Representatives.

Of course, they ruled the NASS with their deputies, Ike Ekweremadu and Yusuf Lasun from the PDP. That was the beginning of the rancour between the legislative and the executive arms of government.

The two, though carrying the APC membership cards were acting in the spirit of PDP, which they eventually defected ahead of the 2019 election.

Today, only Dogara was returned by his constituency as an honourable member to the Federal House of Representatives while Saraki lost his re-election to Dr Ibrahim Oloriegbe who is an APC member.

In Kwara State, PDP lost big time with the “O to ge” slogan. For the next four years, Saraki must re-strategise to relaunch himself into the political pitch after this unprecedented loss.

For now, he holds no public office and I doubt if his arrogance will enable him a bigger space in the PDP. He has the eyes on becoming Nigeria’s president one day and will not stop working towards it against any strong contender in PDP.

Apart from the monetary gift he presented to the family of the abducted Leah Sharibu, Saraki has been silent for sometime now.

This singular gesture has endeared him again to many of his admirers. Saraki’s loss of election and by extension his position is a lesson of how not to take a shortcut to achieve one’s desire.

For Dogara, the former speaker has become an ordinary member of the house he once headed. He is now a member of the minority group and will have to watch proceedings from the floor of the green chambers.

He cannot direct the affairs of the house now. He will only be recognised to contribute to issues by his new leader, Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila.

Dogara actually outsmarted Gbajabiamila and APC in 2015 in a keenly contested election at the lower chamber but today, he has been relegated to the ordinary floor member and if care is not taken, he may not chair any committee.

Saraki and Dogara took the shortcut, which to me is the longer Lane. This assumption could be queried but it is true that there are new President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan and his counterpart for House of Representatives, Gbajabiamila.

They may also leave after four years but they must have learnt from the failure of those who came to that position through the backdoor and use their office to better the lots of Nigerians and Nigeria as a country in particular.

Lawan and Gbajabiamila had endured so much with APC. Even when their positions as junior leaders at NASS were threatened by Saraki and Dogara.

These two new leaders refused to defect to another party even when it became a culture in NASS. Their loyalty were put to test, yet they passed.

They preferred the long walk to stardom and today, they shine like million stars, judging by the margin with which they beat their contenders.

It is a clear indication of selflessness, patriotism and love for the political party they represent.

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