The crisis rocking the House of Representatives took another dimension today as the All Progressives Congress (APC) members loyal to the majority leader, Femi Gbajabiamila accused Yakubu Dogara, the speaker of being “agent provocateur” who is working to destabilize the current government.
The Gbajabiamila group said this was a calculated plan of Dogara to help PDP back to power in 2019.
A statement issued by the APC members at the party’s national headquarters in Abuja on Monday, November 9, reads: “It is on record that Hon Yakubu Dogara has consistently taken the APC for granted on past occasions including the following: (I) Showed contempt for APC’s National Leadership by spearheading a boycott when the former attempted to offer guidelines to House members before the election that threw him up as Speaker, with slim majority.
“Upon his emergence as Speaker, Hon. Dogara insisted on foisting his misguided and arrogant imposition of so-called ‘federal character’ in the Body of Principal Officers of the House, so as to frustrate the early stabilization plan of the House as proposed by our party.
“Since climbing to the seat, Dogara has refused to belong properly to the APC House caucus, frustrating meetings, and, instead, romancing openly with PDP legislators, including holding clandestine meetings to plot the downfall of our party.
“In furtherance of this treachery, he has severally frustrated efforts by patriotic members who wanted to table salutary motions aimed at commending and encouraging Mr President’s anti-corruption measures so far taken.
“In the same vein, the Speaker has continued to suppress critical and dissenting voices from contributing in debates at plenary sessions, while shamelessly promoting the dominance of activities of the House by hostile, opposition elements.
“Instead of promoting unity in the house, he is recklessly pursuing the path of division along ethnic and faith lines.
“In pursuit of his tyrannical agenda, the Speaker has caused a motley crowd of his co-conspirators to amend the House Rules, to enable him suspend members at will and generally apply punitive measures to kill the well-known vibrancy that has historically characterized the House of Representatives.
“The composition of head ships of committees must be seen for what it is: a declaration of war against the APC and the Presidency – all calculated at sabotaging the majority advantage that APC enjoys, with ultimate aim of rolling back the electoral victory of our party.
“The composition of Chairmen and Deputy Chairmen of Committees are clear manifestations of the marginalization of the ruling All Progressives Congress. Under the 7th assembly headed by Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, the then majority party – PDP got 63 out of 89 committees of the House which constituted 71% share of the committee while the Minority parties (ACN, ANPP, CPC and others) got only 26 out of the 89 committees which underscores the fact that the Minority got only 29% share of the committees. Unfortunetely, under Speaker Yakubu Dogara the Majority party – APC got 50% share of committees, same with the PDP and other Minority parties which equally got 50%. No legislature in the world had ever shared committees on 50:50 basis between the Majority and Minority parties. There must be a clear cut margin between Majority and Minority parties as was done in previous assemblies. Worthy to note that, in the U.S Congress, the current Majority Party (Republican) enjoys 100% Committee chairmanship allocation while the Minority party is only considered for Deputies and also most African parliaments do not share same equally.
“It is curious that strategic committees such as Petroleum, Power, Environment, Works, Gas, Foreign Affairs, Banking, Information Technology, Aviation, National Planning, Nigerian Ports and Waterways which are crucial to the success of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Change Agenda were given to PDP by Speaker Yakubu Dogara. What is the motive behind such undemocratic move? Is it to derail the Change Agenda of President Buhari to ease their ungodly marriage with PDP ahead of 2019. Nigerians are yearning for meaningful development before 2019 and APC must be allowed to deliver on her mandate.
“It is therefore absolutely clear that Hon Yakubu Dogara is, but a fifth columnist, an agent provacateur committed to destabilizing the House on behalf of the powerful forces that have ruined Nigeria and brought us to the current sorry pass.
“For this and other reasons, therefore, the only path of honour opened to Speaker Yakubu Dogara, is to reverse the current order in the interest of Nigerians who waiting for deliverables.”
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