There has been a disquiet of sorts in the land among some followers of the political dynamics of the country in recent times, especially in the Legislative arm of Government.
The reason for this is not far-fetched, following some of the developments that have been noticed since after the principal officers of both chambers of the National Assembly particularly the Senate were elected.
Some have expressed fears on the ability of the National Assembly to carry out its work effectively as an independent arm of Government, free from the dictations of the Executive. There are a couple of reasons that have facilitated these concerns. Let’s consider some of these reasons below.
Mode Of Lawan’s Ascension To Senate Presidency
This issue dates back to 2015 when the All Progressives Congress (APC) wrestled power from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the first time in the history of the country.
The party expectedly gained a majority in the Senate and House of Reps as well after the polls. Being the first time that the party was going to be handling the affairs of the National Assembly, it was always going to be a huge task for the party to organise themselves in settling for who the leaders of the Legislative arm of Government would be.
This was the basis for the crack in the party, which led to the emergence of Bukola Saraki as the Senate President as against the wish of the APC who had wanted Lawan to be the Senate President. Saraki would go on to give the Presidency a “tough time”, if that word could be used, as there was a clear case of separation of power between the Legislature and the Executive arm of Government.
The President had complained towards the end of his first tenure in office as he claimed that the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Reps had frustrated his government. He had pointed out to the fact that they delayed the passage of the 2019 budget. Some had expressed reservations on the statement of the President as they said he was only looking for National Assembly leaders who would carry out his every bidding.
In 2019, the APC had again attained the majority in the National Assembly, thus, it was expected that they would produce the Leaders of the Legislature. As things would turn out, Ahmed Lawan, who was the choice of the party in 2015, was again chosen by the party to be the Senate President. This had raised a lot of eyebrows as some questioned why the party were so insistent on Lawan, even when there were other suitable Senators who could perfectly perfectly fit the role.
There was a lot of back and forth between Senators on the platform of the party as some had aspirations of running the coveted seat. The President at a point had to personally intervene as he had to meet with one of the aspirants, Senator Danjuma Goje to step down to clear the coast for Lawan.