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Just In: Everything about APC is like witchcraft — Golu

He said Lawan and Gbajabiamila are lame ducks.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

/ by National Pivot


A former Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Legislative Budget and Research, Dr Timothy Golu, has in an interview with Daily Sun, said there's nothing to like about the APC because everything about the party is like witchcraft. 

Golu who represented the Kanke Constituency of Plateau State in the 8th National Assembly, also came hard on the leadership of the Ahmad Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila 9th National Assembly, saying they have destroyed the integrity of the legislature. 

Describing Lawan and Femi as 'lame ducks', he accused the duo of introducing partisanship in the House, and shamelessly become rubber stamps.

On his assessment of the current assembly, he said, "I am disappointed with the present leadership of the National Assembly. 

"Leadership is like a driver. If the driver doesn’t take you to your destination you cannot do what you want to do. The leadership of the legislature is a rubber stamp and that has dampened the morale of the legislators that are ready to do the work.

"Most members of the present National Assembly are patriotic, full of energy and ready to do the work, but the leadership has demoralised their spirit. The leadership of the legislature is not active. Because they were imposed on the nation, they can’t respect the principle of separation of powers and checks and balances. The executive has muzzled the legislature.

"Both the Senate President and the Speaker have become rubber stamps. I am disappointed in both of them. They are the longest-serving legislators in the country and yet nothing to show.

"They were vibrant in their days as opposition leaders in the assembly, but are now more interested in keeping their political relevance and offices than standing for the interest of the nation. 

"This is obviously because they were imposed on Nigerians so they have become lame ducks. They have become incapacitated because of selfishness and greed.

"When Dogara was there he was prepared to impress the nation rather than impressing the executive arm of the government. When Saraki was there he would prefer to impress the nation rather than impressing the president. It’s clear that patriotic and hardworking members of the National Assembly are not happy because some of them want to work, but the leadership is slowing them down."

On shutting down Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe for calling for the resignation of President Buhari, he said, "Saraki and Dogara will never shut down any member of the opposition because they believed that this is democracy and a member is a representative of the people. As a representative of the people you are speaking the mind of your people.

"But this one (Senator Ahmad Lawan) introduced partisanship and shamelessly shutting down his colleague. All senators are equal. The senate president and speaker are only headboys."

On the possibility of a third term for Buhari, he replied, "It is not possible. We have a constitution that allows two terms of eight years and by 2023 Buhari would have exhausted that. 

"The way things are going, he might be thinking of a third term agenda. If anybody accuses him of that I will not defend him. He wants a third term, but it is not going to be possible. It didn’t succeed under a vibrant Olusegun Obasanjo administration. So, it is not now."

On whether APC will exist after Buhari, he said, "Everything about this APC is like witchcraft . We don’t know who is doing what. The government has failed woefully. 

"We don’t know whether it is the personal failure of the President or the failure of the people around him. It is when he leaves that everything will be clear. If it is clear that he is the one causing the problem then it means that the party can move on at its own level, but if it is discovered that it is the people surrounding him then definitely the party will collapse. But I believe it’s a combination of all. That’s why I see it as witchcraft."

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