HOW PDP IS WORKING TO TAKE OVER NATIONAL ASSEMBLY IN 2023
There are indications that the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), is secretly working behind the scenes to take over the National Assembly, in 2023.
According to feelers from the national legislature, efforts are in due course to ensure the confirmation of the newly appointed Acting Clerk to the National Assembly, Sani Magaji Tambuwal, as the substantive clerk.
Tambuwal’s due confirmation, it was learned, will begin the first out of many processes by the opposition led by a serving Governor in the North West, who has doled out over N700 million naira, to influence the new clerk’s appointment and to see to his eventual takeover after the expiration of the tenure of the outgoing Clerk, Olatunde Amos Ojo.
Findings indicate that Tambuwal, a former Secretary in the Finance Department of the National Assembly, is a non-member of the legislative cadre, who cannot be constitutionally recognised to provide replacements for principal positions, such as that of the Clerk.
According to a top source in the management of the National Assembly who does not want his name in print, the plan is to repeat a semblance of what happened in 2015, where the PDP hijacked the structure of the National Assembly, which caused a plethora of issues, for the Muhammadu Buhari administration in its first term.
The source said: “The process has been planned, Just like what happened in 2015, the PDP is working with the outgoing Clerk, to ensure that Tambuwal takes over from him, thereby ensuring that the PDP controls the structure of the parliament, after the 2023 general elections.
“The major financier of the whole issue is a Governor from the North West, who is a former Speaker of the House of Representatives. The individual had doled out N700 million to Commissioners of the National Assembly Service Commission, to carry out the grand plan. If you will recall the strategy in 2015, the PDP was able to hijack the National Assembly, due to the support of the Clerk of the National Assembly and some elements in the APC and the PDP.
“The silence and non action of the current leaders of the National Assembly Most especially the Senate President and the Speaker House of Representative, Senator Ahmed Lawan and Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila respectively on the issue is one which may let this political coup go unchecked. They are either being misadvised or falling prey to the cunning strategies of these connivers which at the end of the day may result an uncontrollable situation if no action is taken. Their silence is no longer golden and creating instability in this system, they should act fast and act now. Enough of the bad politics.
“The National Assembly is a sacred institution and the hope of our democracy, If this continues, it is indeed a sharp retrogression and a step to bastardise the future of the National Assembly.” which can become a legislative suicide in the hands of the ruling party.