- National House of Representatives is not in support of the power tussle between the Senate and Acting President Osinbajo
- The Reps said the battle is as a result of ego politics
- A source from House of Reps said Yakubu Dogara prefers engagement with the presidency rather than confrontation
The National House of Representatives has shown its disinterest to support the Senate in the ongoing power tussle with presidency over Ibrahim Magu's nomination.
Recall that NAIJ.com reported that there is crisis between the Senate and the presidency over the refusal of the presidency to remove EFCC acting chairman, Magu, and nominate someone else.
A source in the reps said Speaker Yakubu Dogara and other reps have decided to not get involved in the fight between Senate and the presidency.
According to the source: “We are not on the same page with the Senate on what we see as an ego fight. The Speaker and his team have decided not to join the battle between the Senate and the presidency.
“We actually met and opted out of the fray because it has degenerated to ego politics, especially on the issue of confirmation of nominees from the Executive.
“We believe that there are issues which should be left to the court to decide in line with the principle of separation of powers.
“We do not want Nigerians to look at us as if we are fighting for the sake of power and ego.
“The way the ego fight is going, Nigerians are beginning to cast aspersions on members of the National Assembly. We are being misunderstood by Nigerians; they are getting agitated against us. Yet, we are really working hard but the backlash of the resentment of the public against the Senate is also affecting members of the House.”
A member of the House representing south-south said: “Some of us are disturbed that certain issues in the Senate are getting personal. For instance, it was too early for the Senate to take a decision on the recall process against a Senator.
“If a Senator has a problem with his constituents, let him go and resolve it. How did the motion on the floor put the food on the table of Nigerians?
“In some instances, some Senators use derogatory words in the chamber against the Executive. We cannot follow such a legislative action.
“I think Dogara prefers engagement with the presidency to confrontation. This approach has made the Villa to be at home with him. He has an exceptional maturity to issues.
“And the presidency has been consulting Dogara constantly on grey areas or points of disagreement.
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Another member from south-east said: “Some of us have really met with the Speaker and we discovered that we share the same vision not to join the personal war between some Senators and the presidency.
“Some of those bankrolling this conspiracy against the presidency have skeletons in their cupboards. Some of them feel bigger than the Senate having controlled much money at the state level before.
“We told some Senators to keep off the House because we won’t support any plot against the presidency.”
Meanwhile, in an earlier report by NAIJ.com, Nigeria's Senate president, Bukola Saraki on Thursday night, July 6, held a secret meeting with Acting President Yemi Osinbajo.
Saraki’s meeting with the acting president was based on developments that occurred in the upper chamber during the week, which includes the suspension of consideration of further nominations by the Executive in protest against the retention of Ibrahim Magu as the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC) and the consequent threats of impeachment by some Senators.
Saraki's visit to Aso Rock was preceded by that of the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress ( APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegunon Wednesday night, July 5.
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