Speaker Dogara Lauds President Muhammadu Buhari For Staying Aloof On Nass Leadership Election But Warned Against A Divided House
Dyepkazah Shibayan, Abuja
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara yesterday stated that he will not run a House that is divided against itself as such would be detrimental to the policies that will assist the President Muhammadu Buhari to rule properly. Dogara stated this when different caucuses of the House paid him congratulatory visits at his office in Abuja. “We will not run a divided House on the basis of opposition to my bid during the election.
This House must be stable for us to succeed. “We must come together to bring about stability and unity in the House so as to make the achievement of the President’s policies a reality by facilitating speedily enactment of legislations that would help him to govern well. “Those of us from the North must do more to ensure that we provide the needed leadership by making sure that our party succeeds because, if we bicker and let the President fail, then it is we who have failed”, he said. Dogara also commended the President for keeping to his promise on non-interference with the National Assembly leadership election.
“We must also commend the President for his decision not to interfere in the process leading to our emergence by refusing to impose anybody on us. It was his stand on this matter that gave us the encouragement to offer ourselves for this leadership”, he said. According to him, politics is over and important issues of governance need to be addressed, adding that in politics people have different views and positions based on convictions or personal interests.
“I bear no ill feeling toward anybody who did not vote for me, because this is the House for all and people must have their preference and I see all of us as one. “We faced a seemingly insurmountable hurdle, which took the grace of God to overcome about like a miracle. So it was Nigerians who made this possible; members from all parts of the country, and so we can’t say it was only the people of Bauchi or the Northeast who supported me”, he stressed.
Speaking on behalf of the joint caucuses of Kano and Jigawa, whose members gave overwhelming support to Femi Gbajabiamila, Alhassan Garba Ado Doguwa told the Speaker that the delegation was in his office to felicitate with him on his victory, adding that the position taken by the Kano caucus was according to party directive for which they have no regrets whatsoever. He called on the Speaker to bury all hatchets and carry everybody along in his leadership of the House.
“While we have no regret whatsoever with regards to the position we took during the contest, we must also accept the outcome of the process as democracy in action. “We did what we did according to our party directives. And we wish to declare our total support for your regime and work with you and also advice you whenever we see that you are going wrong”, he said.
Speaking on behalf of the Imo State caucus, Hon. Jerry Alagboso told Dogara that the caucus was in his office to reiterate its support for his leadership just as it did during the process of election. “We have come to greet you formally. We are also here to reiterate our support. As you are aware, Imo is intact and as far as the election was concerned, we gave you a 100 percent support. “We have people from Imo who were principal officers in the previous House, and who told us of your good leadership qualities which made us to queue behind you.
“Every man is entitled to his wages. We have worked and we need to let you know that. Every other thing we need to say maybe be in camera”, Alagboso said. Meanwhile, despite the show of support for Dogara, leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday restated its stand to sanctions the senate president, Bukola Saraki, Speaker Dogara and other erring members who went against its orders in electing leadership of the 8th Assembly.
Addressing journalists after a closed door meeting with Senators of the Ahmed Lawan group at the party secretariat in Abuja, APC’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Lai Mohammed said however that due process will be applied in sanctioning the stubborn members. “They party has not changed its position on the matter. Sanctions must follow due process. You won’t tell someone his offence? Not the issue of disciplinary panel, but there will be due process”, he told journalists.
The publicity Secretary who refused to disclose outcome of the meeting with the Lawan group, said that the “Unity Forum” Senators came to confer with the party on the National Assembly “crisis”. “ They are our senators that came to confer with the party leadership; they came to confer on the crisis in the National Assembly”, he said.
When asked his opinion of a decision of the Unity Forum Senators to seek legal redress, Mohammed said “I think the party made its expression clear on the matter; that it is unhappy with the outcome of the election and I think we won’t say anything beyond that. “What the senators will do is within the capability and rights of the senators”, he added.
The Senate President was expected to visit the party secretariat yesterday, but as at press time, there was no sign of him even as members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party had already started taking their leave.