Finally, the battle among some key All Progressives Congress (APC) Legislators -elect on who should earn the right to the leadership of the 8th National Assembly has culminated in Senator Senator Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara emerging as Senate president and Speaker of the House of Representative respectively. Their victory has however been opposed by the ruling party which has promised to sanction them both for engaging in anti-party activities.
The battle for the Senate presidency first began with four major contenders for the race, but after intense politicking, Senate Minority leader from Benue State, Senator George Akume and Senator Ali Ndume from Borno State withdrew from the race leaving Senator Bukola Saraki from Kwara State and Senator Ahmad Lawan from Yobe state to square it out.
The tussle between Saraki and Lawan ended in a dramatic fashion on June 9, Tuesday, when Saraki was elected unopposed as president of 8th Senate by 57 of 108 senators, with 51 senators, including Senator Ahmed Lawan, absent. A victory that has been described by some political pundits as a tactical coup.
The other contest between Yakubu Dogara and Femi Gbajabiamila at the House of Representative ended with the former beating the latter to emerge the speaker of the House of Representatives.
The two who lost out, Ahmad Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila were the consensus candidates of the APC, which has rejected the election of Saraki and Dogara.
Contrary to the stand of the ruling party which has not hid its disdain to the new leadership of the National Assembly, President Muhammadu Buhari has refrained from meddling in the politics of the Legislature. He says he supports those elected, yet wished the party’s choices were respected.
The president has taken the view that a constitutional process has somewhat occurred. Unlike his predecessors who could not refrain from delving into the politics of the legislature, Buhari has taken a neutral stand. Why? Let’s consider 5 factors that has led the president to adopt this tactic.
1) To Avoid Needless Distractions
The colossal task before Mohammadu Buhari is one that words cannot adequately describe. Every sector of the Nigerian economy is in shambles. Nigeria’s economic condition has worsened over the years, added to this, the 6 year Boko Haram insurgency which has left thousands dead is another nagging issue Buhari has to tacle.
Unlike his predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan, who could not differentiate between trivial issues from cogent issues, President Buhari has concerned himself with offering solutions to the myriads of problems bedeviling the country rather than delve in frivolities.
2) Respect For The Doctrine Of Separation Of Power
The doctrine of separation of power under the Nigerian constitution stipulates that each organ of government, the Legislature, Executive and the Judiciary, should be separate with independent powers and areas of responsibility so that the powers of one branch is not in conflict with the powers associated with that of another.
Following from this doctrine, it will be irresponsible for President Buhari to meddle in the politics of the Senate, knowing fully well that it will be a violation of the principle. Buhari, from his conduct has shown that he respects the rule of law.
Unlike former president, Olusegun Obasanjo who interfered in the activities of the legislature both at the state and federal levels for his personal gains. Buhari has chosen to mind his own business and concentrate on fulfilling his Executive functions.
To Avoid making Enemies
Had President Muhammadu Buhari showed support for either Senator Bukola Saraki or Senator Ahmad Lawan, he would have in one way or the other created political enemies for himself.
Buhari must have been aware that the political tussle between Lawan and Saraki could have ended with either of them becoming victorious. If his candidate had won, this would result in the losing party labeling a him a stumbling block to his ambition. On the other hand, if Buhri’s candidate lost, the one who becomes Senate president will always view the Buhari as the one who nearly truncated his chances of leading the, hence, the president would have been faced with a Senate president that might vow to make things difficult for him.
The same scenario could have enacted itself had Buhari supported either Yakubu Dogara or Femi Gbajabiamila.
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Fighting a war with the legislature could have adverse effects on governance. During the first tenure of Olusegun Obasanjo, governance almost came to a halt when he was faced with threats of impeachment led by the then speaker of the house of representatives, Ghali Na’Abba.
Buhari might have taken one of the wisest decision of his political carrer by staying away from the politicking of the the House of Assembly.
4) Backlash From A Wounded Opposition
Following its political woes in the 2015 general elections, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), now the main opposition party in Nigeria appears to be looking for any loophole to fault Buhari’s administration.
Shortly after Muhammadu Buhari visited the United Kingdom prior to his inauguration, the PDP accused him of belittling his status as the president-elect of Nigeria by standing on the street waiting for the British Prime Minister, David Cameron.
Judging from lazy this criticism, it is clear that the party is frantically searching for any reason, be it significant or not, to ridicule Buhari’s administration. This should put the president on guard to avoid pit falls that could allow the PDP score cheap political points. The president may have had this in mind when he decided to refrain from meddling in the affairs of the National Assembly.
5) Buhari Intends To Uphold His Change Mantra
The change mantra under which Buhari ran his campaign was fanatically embraced by millions of Nigerians who were tired of the absurdity that had become the norm. Never has Nigeria been more in dire need of a savior than at this time. Nigerians wanted change by all means, a better life for themselves and for their loved ones.
Nigerians have put so much expectations on the shoulders of one man, hoping that his 4 or 8 year rule, if he gets a second term, will bring reprieve from the 16 years eclipse the country has witnessed. An expectation that only a super human can achieve.
Had President Buhari backtracked from his promise of change and repeated the same errors of his predecessors by paying attentions to needless distraction, Nigerians would have quickly given up on his administration which many have viewed as the last hope of a crumbling Nation.
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