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NASS and the Unanswered Questions

June 9th 2015 is a day that will go down in history as a memorable day in Nigerian politics. The shock that followed the emergence of Senator Bukola Saraki as president of the 8th Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is one that caught many political pundits unaware. They say politics is a game of numbers and Bukola Saraki being a politician carried out his political evangelism so well and even some Machiavellians of Nigerian politics were caught napping.

Though that didn’t go well with his party which felt its internal democracy was trampled upon by the pro-Saraki’s bloc as the party had already chosen Senator Ahmed Lawal as their candidate for the position of senate president. Unlike events in the green chambers which produced honourable Yakubu Dogara as its Speaker, the emergence of Bukola Saraki has a lot of unanswered questions as the number of Senators present in the red chamber was just little above half the total number of Senators eligible to vote and that being said, they were qualified to form a quorum. The APC Senators present were said to have been summoned for a meeting with the president at the International conference centre (ICC) which never took place and only leads to more questions as to why the President would call for a meeting and be absent, where the clerk of the National assembly informed about the meeting? If they were, why didn’t the clerk of the house postpone the inauguration? And if he didn’t send those messages who did? Like a famous musician will say, my question may become ‘stories for the gods’ as President Muhammadu Buhari has stated that he would work together with whoever emerges Senate President and speaker respectively; a stance which will help him avoid the pitfalls of the past administration.

As we all know that Nigeria had been starved for 16 years under the PDP administration which created the hunger for change by many Nigerians and the APC gladly offered us this change. The problem now is that this soup of CHANGE was prepared using different ingredients of different blocs and these power blocs each all want to hijack how this soup is served to the Nigerian masses affirming the popular saying too many hands spoil the broth.

One thing is clear! Nigerians are having high expectations and if all these political bickering continues……. I pray it doesn’t.

About Asimi Samuel O.

@SamDoptimist CEO & Co-founder Young People for African Development (YPAD)

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