It is not often that one finds the opposition Peoples Democratic Party and the ruling All Progressives Congress disappointed in a mutual target, but that was exactly the case on Thursday. The subject of their displeasure was the new national assembly leadership.
What they are wailing about:
- The PDP national leadership expressed its displeasure about the way its members voted against the party’s endorsed candidates in the National Assembly leadership elections. Although the PDP backed Ali Ndume for the senate presidency, several of its members supported eventual winner Ahmed Lawan. Party Chairman Uche Secondus, during the 86th National Executive Committee (NEC) said: “Party loyalty demands that you stick to your party at any given situation. When personal interest clash with party interest, personal should drown into that of the party, that’s what real democrats are expected to do.”
- The APC Youth Forum leadership, backed by First Lady Aisha Buhari expressed displeasure over the appointment of one Festus Adedayo, a journalist and vocal critic of the President and the ruling party as a media aide by Senate President Ahmed Lawan.
Per One of the leaders of the youth forum, Alwan Hassan: “The first seven appointments, six out of the seven are opposition members that (have) been insulting the President Buhari administration, including the Senate President and the Speaker….We will not take it.”
One more thing: The Senate President has now rescinded his decision on the appointment of Festus Adedayo under pressure from his party’s youth wing and the Presidency. According to the Nigerian tabloid The Sun, SP Lawan would still retain the rest of the aides (some of who worked with former SP Bukola Saraki) which he already appointed.