Chris Steven, Abuja
As the leadership crisis rocking the National Assembly continues unabated, The National Chairman of United Progressive Party (UPP), Chief Chekwas Okorie has urged the leadership of All Progressives Congress (APC) to emulate the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the case of former Speaker Aminu Tambuwal by accepting the leadership of the two chambers.
He noted that the supremacy of party has a limit adding that once people are elected into the National Assembly, the rules of the Assembly take over.
“Supremacy of party has a limit, once people are elected into the National Assembly, the rules of National Assembly will take over. Whatever you are not able to achieve within party caucus before the election cannot be achieved after the election has taken place.
The way PDP accepted the issue of Tambuwal. It is unfortunate that we have to be referring to the PDP of all parties but the irony of the matter is that APC has made us to look that PDP handled its matter better when it happened.
And this is a party that makes change its mantra. Apart from President who is the only one that can give Nigeria that face of change because both PDP and APC are not different now.” He said
Chief Okorie who spoke to our correspondent yesterday also urged Nigerians to be more patience with President Muhammadu Buhari over the delay in the release of his ministerial nominees.
The President has spent 30 days in the office since his inauguration on May 29 and the inauguration of the 8th National Assembly and has operated without Ministers, a development that has generated mixed reactions from Nigerians.
Chief Okorie who was the presidential candidate of UPP in the March 28 elections said the President is only being thorough in his selection of Ministers.
He urged Nigerians who have been expressing disappointment over the slow pace at which the President is approaching governance to give him the benefit of the doubt.
“I will like to call on Nigerians that we should give the President, benefit of the doubt. He has shown that he wants to be very thorough, he wouldn’t want to appoint somebody today and sack him tomorrow. And because he is fighting against corruption, those who would fight along with him must be those who are above board.
People should allow him for more time. It can’t be like this forever and we can see that the wind of change in governance is coming because the technocrats in the Ministries are directors and are working and he is meeting with them.
Looking around too, I have noticed improved electricity supply and few other things are improving on their own when politicians and other appintees are not there.” He said