Some All Progressives Congress (APC) Senators-elect are suspecting the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of plotting a secret poll voting system to hijack the management of the National Assembly.
APC senators-elect, who pleaded anonymity, mentioned the PDP was perfecting this plot forward of the inauguration of the ninth session in June.
There is disquiet in PDP itself as curiosity teams root for various candidates as the following minority chief of the Red Chamber.
Three candidates are already in competition for the place. They are the present deputy senate president Ike Ekweremadu, Senator Dino Melaye (Kogi West) and Senator Ayo Akinyelure (Ondo Central).
An APC senator-elect accused the PDP of “already laying political landmines in the path of APC” with a view to having the legislative gavel by proxy.
The supply mentioned: “While the opposition get together can’t reinvent the wheel by way of the colouration of the legislature throughout the ninth session of National Assembly, it’s attempting to foist on the successful get together, the Senate particularly, APC candidates that might do its bidding, utilizing the Rule Book of National Assembly to realize it.
“In implementing the plan, members of the opposition, with a large war chest made available by those being investigated by anti-corruption agencies, are ready to infiltrate National Assembly bureaucracy to perfect their plan.”
A rating APC Senator mentioned: “PDP is utilizing their chieftains. They will start the implementation of the two-pronged plan by participating the highest echelon of National Assembly forms and a few APC Senators-elect for his or her buy-in on the necessity to proceed using the solid 2015 Rule Book, particularly its secret poll provision, which paved the way in which for the emergence of the present Senate President, Bukola Saraki in opposition to the directives of his then party-APC
“You know the previous Clerk of the Senate allowed the solid Rule Book for use throughout the inauguration of the eighth Senate as he capitalised on the absence of APC Senators within the purple chamber and to complicate the scenario Senator Saraki insisted on utilizing the solid e-book after he was sworn in because the Senate President.
“Remember that secret voting provision was smuggled into the solid Rule Book used for the 2015 elections regardless of our protest as a result of secret voting is alien to parliamentary practices. When it involves voting within the parliaments worldwide, open voting is used.
“What is now anticipated of the present Clerk of the National Assembly is to not use the solid e-book for the inauguration of the ninth Session of the Senate, come June this year.
“What happened in 2015 inauguration will not repeat itself because we shall all be present during this year’s inauguration and we shall not allow the forged Rule Book to be used. We will insist on open voting as practised in all parliaments in the world and the National Assembly bureaucracy has already been put on notice.”
A senator-elect defined: “We underrated the capacity of PDP to go to any length to achieve its aims and objectives during 2015 elections of presiding officers of the National Assembly while we were totally naïve about the crucial role of the bureaucracy in the scheme of things in the legislature, a situation that turned the table in favour of the opposition despite being in the minority. We are aware of their political manoeuvres and ready to expose sources of funds for their National Assembly intervention.”
Ekweremadu, Melaye in competition for minority chief
Three Senators elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are main the race for the Minority Leader place within the forthcoming ninth session of the Senate, based on feelers from the get together.
Topping the checklist is the outgoing Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu.
Also in competition are Senator Dino Melaye (Kogi West) and Senator Ayo Akinyelure (Ondo Central).
Rooting for every of them are numerous teams within the PDP.
Sources informed The Nation that whereas the get together management seems to be closely in favour of Ekweremadu rising as minority chief in view of his huge expertise, another teams within the get together have completely different concepts on who ought to occupy the place.
The get together management’s decision, it was gathered, is probably not unconnected with the will for a robust persona to steer the PDP within the subsequent dispensation, as half of a bigger plan to hijack the management of the National Assembly at an acceptable time.
A celebration chieftain from the Southeast mentioned the PDP believes Ekweremadu has the flexibility to maintain the APC on its toes.
“The PDP plans to give the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) serious opposition in the next dispensation,” the get together chieftain mentioned.
“We need to show that we have now what it takes to be taken critical as an actual various to the APC by Nigerians. We can solely do these after we reside as much as the people’s expectation from an opposition get together, particularly within the nationwide meeting.
“To this end, we have considered that the current leadership of our party in the Senate, as represented by the highest ranking senator there, Senator Ekweremadu, be retained in the 9th assembly. We are sure that if he remains the leader of the PDP senators, the APC will be kept on its toes until we take over the assembly.”
Another get together chief mentioned Ekweremadu “solidly fits the bill. We need a man like him to stand up to the APC senators.”
But PDP stakeholders within the Southwest and the Northcentral are projecting different senators for the plum opposition job.
One supply mentioned: “it’s incorrect to say there’s any disaster within the PDP over this problem.
“Yes, people are suggesting varied opinions as regards who must be the Minority Leader even when the get together’s nationwide management is advocating a specific course for apparent causes.
“But other opinions are welcome and that should not be interpreted to mean there is a crisis.”
Some curiosity teams within the Southwest lately cautioned the PDP management in opposition to taking the place of Minority Leader away from the zone.
The Southwest PDP Frontiers (SWPF), led by Asipa Iyanda Adeoye Ogunfojuri, in a statement by him and Ameen Adekanye warned the get together in opposition to repeating the alleged ill-treatment meted out to the zone throughout the battle for the place of nationwide chairman.
“We are speaking out early enough to avoid being told that we kept mute when it mattered, for that was what we were told after the Southwest was disgraced out of the PDP national chairmanship race,” they mentioned.
“The place of Minority Leader within the senate is at present being held by the Southwest, and since nothing has modified as regards the zoning on the nationwide degree, it shouldn’t be taken away from us.
“It is worrisome to see that the physique language of lots of our leaders suggests the opportunity of the place getting used to compensate one other zone for no matter motive.
“The Southwest will no longer agree to be sacrificed within the opposition party, more so when we have eminently qualified persons that can serve in the said capacity.”
The Nation additionally gathered that some PDP stakeholders from the Northcentral lately met leaders of the get together within the zone and expressed their want to have Senator Dino Melaye supported to steer the PDP caucus within the senate.
According to sources, the stakeholders pleaded with the leaders in opposition to supporting any association that denies the zone an opportunity to provide the following Minority Leader of the Red Chamber.
“The Northcentral too is pushing for Dino Melaye. In their opinion, the Kogi West senator is eminently qualified and equipped to lead other PDP senators. They also argued that since the zone will be losing the senate presidency currently held by Senator Bukola Saraki, it is just proper that it be compensated with the Minority Leadership in the interest of equity,” our supply added.
When the ninth meeting is convened, the Southeast PDP may have a minimum of 11 Senators having misplaced one seat every in Anambra, Abia and Imo states. One different seat in Imo continues to be in competition.
The Southsouth PDP may have about 15 senators following the lack of one seat every too in Bayelsa, Edo and Delta states. Party sources mentioned nearly all of the senators from the 2 zones could assist the get together’s selection.
The Southwest boasts of solely three PDP senators-elect.
The get together received a senate seat every in Ondo, Oyo and Osun states over the last nationwide meeting elections. Dr. Kola Balogun was elected to characterize Oyo South whereas Chief Francis Fadahunsi can be representing Osun East. Both are first timers.
Senator Ayo Akinyelure (Ondo central) is returning for a second time period.
He was first elected in 2011, however misplaced his re-election bid in 2015. He is a rating senator and sources say he’s the candidate of many Southwest PDP leaders and chieftains for the place of Senate Minority Leader within the subsequent dispensation.
“He is the man they want as replacement for current Senate Minority Leader, Biodun Olujimi, who will not be returning to the senate,” mentioned a celebration supply.
The Northcentral may have about 5 senators within the subsequent dispensation because it may solely handle so as to add a seat every from Kogi and Plateau states to the clear sweep it received in Benue State. The shock lack of all of the three senatorial seats in Kwara, together with that of Senate President Bukola Saraki, depleted its numerical power within the Senate.
Melaye would be the solely rating senator from the zone within the ninth meeting. Senators-elect Gabriel Suswam (Benue northeast), Yisa Orker-Jev (Benue northwest) and Abba Moro (Benue south) are all going to the Senate for the primary time.
Another more energizing is Istifanus Dung from Plateau north.
This maybe knowledgeable the selection of Melaye because the candidate of some main stakeholders within the zone.