Chris Steven, Abuja
The Labour Party (LP) has condemned the All Progressives Congress (APC) for overheating the polity and endangering the nation’s nascent democracy over its mishandling of the leadership crisis rocking the National Assembly.
The protracted leadership and Principal Officers’ crisis culminated in Thursday’s disruption of proceedings at the House of Representatives.
National chairman of LP Alhaji Abdulkadir Abdulsalam said in Abuja that the leadership of APC should respect the tenets of democracy playing out at the National Assembly and should stop endangering democracy with the godfatherism and imposition syndrome.
“The Labour Party observed that with time that since the APC took over the reign of government as the ruling party especially in the two chambers of the National Assembly, it has been one crisis or another.
We are disturbed, concerned and getting embarrassed that the image those claiming to be agent of change are giving Nigeria and Nigerians is portraying us in bad light before the international community.
“It is not in our character to be rowdy, violent and destructive, to the extent that. Nigeria is at standstill position, crossroad and state of uncertainty, but what happened today (yesterday) in the House of Representatives was shameful and an eye sore.
Because of lack of adequate planning, foresight, the issue of National Assembly leadership has been reduced to sectional and religious divide at the expense of political astuteness and responsible leadership,” Abdulsalam said.
While saying that the APC never planned to govern as it found itself in the present position unexpectedly, the Labour Party boss said it is not fair for the APC leadership to allow its selfishness to impair the change they promise and which Nigerians yearn for.
He said: “Did it not occur to the APC that since President Muhammadu Buhari sent a letter of proclamation to the Clerk of National Assembly and slated for 10 am and at the same time scheduled another meeting with his (APC) elected lawmakers coinciding with the National Assembly proclamation, that the PDP can exploit the situation being the master of game of deceit? What if the PDP had elected their own members that form quorum as leaders? It would definitely not be possible to sack them as the APC cannot get the two-third required by law to do that.”
While pledging support to the emerging leaders of the National Assembly, he urged the APC leadership to accept the emergence of Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara as Senate President and Speaker of the House respectively, adding that opposition parties would work with them.