Tuesday, June 9 is crucial to the success of the incumbent All Progressives Congress (APC) government of President Muhammadu Buhari as the two chambers of the National Assembly is billed to elect their leaders – Senate President, Deputy Senate President, Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives and other principal officers, but we in Frontiers News think that it is expedient on us as a frontline news media to sound a note of caution to the leadership of APC to allow the legislators decide who to lead them.
The development over the weekend was not all that ‘palatable’ as the losers of the ‘shadow primaries’ within the APC lawmakers are insisting on doing it their way and still contest.
We believe that this is not a good omen for a party that came to power on the slogan of change, more so the president, Muhammadu Buhari had earlier promised not to interfere on who becomes the leader of the National Assembly which is another arm of the government.
We want to let the APC know that if they cannot put their house in order, the new opposition party, PDP is waiting in the wings to snatch the leadership of the national assembly and we believe it may be the beginning of the failure of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Our stand is that the All Progressives Congress should allow legislators to choose their leaders in a democratic manner if truly the APC believes in democracy that it always profess to believe in.
It is important we let the APC know that Nigerians are in a hurry to witness the CHANGE promised by the APC, the party should not allow itself to be entangled in issues that do not portend well for the polity as was done in the past when ‘the powers that be’ outside the National Assembly decide the fate of the legislators on the choice of their leaders.
They should remember the Tambuwal saga; the case of the former governor of Lagos State, Sir Michael Otedola (of blessed memory) is still fresh in our memory.
A word is enough for the wise. A stitch in time saves nine!