Arewa Youths Reject Gbajabiamila as Speaker …..says Buhari About to Stand on Wrong Side of History
By Alex Uangbaoje, Kaduna
A group, Arewa Youth Awareness Forum (A.Y.A.F.), has rejected the choice of Femi Gbajabiamila as Speaker, Nigeria House of Representatives, saying Buhari’s Presidency will soon be on the wrong side of history with their choice of Speakership
AYAF, at a press conference in Kaduna on Sunday, said, Nigeria “cannot afford an undue error or misplaced experimentation with any of the three arms of government, particularly, the legislative arm and its leadership, we are trying to sensitize others about the need to speak out so that reason will prevail in the choice of the next Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives.”
Leader of the group, Mr. Obadiah Diji, accused the All Progressives Congress’ (APC) National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu of turning into disastrous party leaders, helping their party to lose grounds and seats in all parts of the country.
“Regretfully, we had a diktat given by All Progressives Congress’ National Chairman, Comrade Oshiomhole and supported by Oshiomhole’s mentor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the Presidency, thereby giving a 2023 presidential agenda with the connivance of a great labour leader who has unfortunately turned into a disastrous party leader, helping his party lose grounds and seats in all parts of the country But must he help foist a tainted man on us all as Speaker.
“In history, a diktat is known as an order imposed by someone in power without popular consent and which the under-dogs must obey, whether they like it or not and it featured in the 1919
Treaty of Versailles imposed on the defeated Germany, as well as other similarly unusual situations.
“Many genuine democrats in Nigeria note with deep concern, the novel but negative trend introduced into the affairs of Nigeria’s National Assembly when chairman of Nigeria’s ruling APC,
Adams Oshiomhole unilaterally schooled our federal legislators on whom they must vote for.
“Oshiomhole’s mentor, Asivwaju Bola Tinubu backed this with a call on lawmakers to support Lawan, Gbaja or Leave, describing some serving legislators as ‘serpents giving a worrisome recollection of how public hared was invoked to begin the Rwandan genocide of 1982 with the liabeling of some people a ‘cockroaches’ and snakes.
“Embedded in all these is a very strong long-term threat to Arewa interests one man can President Buhari an impotent force and if anything happens to President Buhari, only one man will coordinate the office of the VP, Senate President and House Speaker to put himself in total control as national godfather, preparatory to a 2023 presidential bid.
“Moreover, by ensuring now that a Muslim heads the lower house, in addition to the Presidency, Senate and Judiciary, the Buhari Presidency and the North may later be further unjustly vilified with the undeserved label of Islamization Agenda’ across the world
“As we have said earlier, it is very risky for President Buhari, the North and the entire federation for one man to be in control of the Vice President, ruling party chairman, Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives when it is known that handpicking of Lagos State House of Assembly principal officers and members at Bourdillon is the primary method of controlling successive Lagos State governors.” He added.
They therefore urged Mr. President, all northern governors, all members of the APC and all members of the House of Representatives to dispassionately look through and address concerns
that the Gbaja/Wase ticket may ultimately turn out as being not in the interest of the Buhari Presidency, APC, the north and Nigeria.
According to him, though, “Gbajabiamila is erudite, but still, we see cause to worry over red flags in Gbajabiamila’s disposition towards true statesmanship, especially with the basic leadership issues of integrity and truthfulness.
“Indeed, no one can imagine any possibility of a Muhammadu Buhari ever becoming President today if he had done a single mischief of taking the $25, 000 insurance money of a debilitated woman in Georgia, America, the way Honourable Gbajabiamila dishonourably did, without expressing any sense of remorse to this done.
“Mr. President who was voted solely on the basis of a litetime record of integrity got drawn into this charade, confirming that one of the biggest failings of very trustworthy people is that they trust too much, even when smart alecs are exploiting their trust.”
Explained that, “among others, the Coalition of United Political Parties, including national chairmen of 12 political parties has joined in rejecting the choice of the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila, as the next Speaker, saying that APCs choice of Gbajabiamila was “morally politically and constitutionally wrong”. Through the Action Peoples Party, they have commenced criminal proceedings against the lawmaker before Grade 1 Area Court of the Federal Capital Territory sitting in Karshi.
“They are adducing evidence to show that Gbajabiamila had at different times given false information on oath to the Independent National Electoral Commission when he claimed in the commission’s Form CF 001 that he had never been indicted by a tribunal, court or administrative panel of fraud or dishonesty.
“Sadly too, there are indications that Gbaja’s running mate, Honourable Wase is also enmeshed in allegations of unscrupulous dealings involving the use of his personal company for doing the business of executing contracts for constituency projects.”
“As non-APC member of the House of Representatives is contesting, we therefore recommend that Mr. President should encourage the APC caucus to find and support a good Speakership material that would complement, rather than be a detriment to his administration’s quest for trust and integrity.”
The Arewa Youth awareness Forum is a mass-oriented civil society organisation with the sole aim of quietly sensitizing people and gently advocating for all those things that can facilitate progress and a developmental paradigm shift for the society.