Former Minister of Works, Adeseye Ogunlewe, has faulted the method adopted by the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Adams Oshiomhole, in choosing the Leadership of the National Assembly, saying that, it is capable of tearing the party apart.
Recall, that the APC Leadership, President Muhammadu Buhari, and some State Governors of the party, recently adopted Senator Ahmed Lawan, as the next Senate President.
The APC said that Lawan who is the current Majority Leader in the Senate, was chosen as the Senate President in the next dispensation, because of his rich Legislative experience, and robust Executive-Legislature relationship.
However, Senator Ali Ndume, who is eyeing the position, has protested the party’s decision, stressing that, the APC Senators were not consulted.
Speaking, Ogunlewe said that such a matter should be discussed by the party caucus, while all Senators of the APC should have been carried along.
He stressed that such a decision should not be for the party National Chairman, or some individuals only.
The ex-Minister, further stated that he did not expect the National Assembly to be a rubber stamp of the Executives, adding that, such was bad for the nation’s democracy.
“The method adopted by Oshiomhole is wrong; such a decision should be a caucus thing, where everyone is carried along. It is not for the party Chairman or the President, to be adopting a Candidate alone. They are just playing to the gallery, and you will see that it may consume them.
“We do not expect the Senate or House of Representatives to be a rubber stamp; that will be bad for our democracy”, Ogunlewe said.