PDP accuses APC of subduing the National Assembly
PDP accuses APC of subduing the National Assembly. The Peoples Democratic Party on Wednesday acussed the ruling All Progressives Congress of planning to subdue the ninth National Assembly. This is coming as a reaction to statement credited to the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of APC, Yekinni Nabena, where he accused the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, of plotting to the emergence of principal officers in the 9th National Assembly.
“We are aware of the scheming by Saraki, Dogara and the PDP caucus to interfere with the emergence of the incoming National Assembly leadership. “Their plans are bound to fail as the APC is a strong party with unity of purpose.” Nabena had said while addressing journalists earlier on Wednesday. However, while reacting, PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, faulted Nabena’s claim on Saraki and Dogara’s plot to interfere in the selection process.
According to him, with Nabena’s position, it was evident that he (Nabena) alongside other APC leaders did not understand the concept of democracy and separation of powers. He noted that the APC and the presidency does not understand the workings of the parliament, hence its moves to subdue the National Assembly by hand-picking candidate for each principal positions without recourse to separation of power.
“It is laughable for him to have made such a submission. It shows that they do not understand the workings of democracy. It might interest him to know that Adams Oshiomhole, on the day that the Senate and the House of Representatives will be convoked, may end up sitting at the gallery. So maybe, he will read out the names of his own presiding officers from the gallery or in his dream at home.
“…They are the ones creating problems in the parliament. They are the ones who said they would not recognise the party that has over 40 senators in the process of the day-to-day activities of the National Assembly. They are the ones who do not understand how presiding officers are elected in the National Assembly and they claim they will go and read out names on the floor. So, they can never accuse the PDP of interference.”
He added, “The interference is coming from the Presidential Villa and the APC. They want to subdue the independence of the parliament in a manner they tried to subdue the electoral wishes of Nigerians. What they should understand is that the PDP is a democratic party and the PDP is in agreement with Nigerians who have decided to live their lives as democrats. So we would not allow them to suppress the wishes of the people.” Ologbondiyan said in an interview with The Punch.