…By Dorcas Funmi for TDPel Media.
The Labour Party (LP) has issued a response following the conclusion of the 10th National Assembly leadership elections that took place in Abuja on Tuesday.
Senate Leadership Elections:
Senator Godswill Akpabio emerged as the President of the Senate, securing victory as the preferred candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Akpabio defeated Abdulaziz Yari, the former Governor of Zamfara State, by a margin of 63 votes to 46.
Meanwhile, Benjamin Kalu won the position of Deputy Senate President uncontested.
House of Representatives Leadership Elections:
Tajudeen Abbas claimed the position of Speaker in the House of Representatives, having been the preferred candidate of the APC.
He garnered 353 votes, surpassing his rivals Idris Wase and Aminu Jaji, who both secured three votes each.
Benjamin Kalu was elected as the Deputy Speaker.
Labour Party’s Reaction:
In a conversation with The Punch on Tuesday, Obiorah Ifoh, the acting National Publicity Secretary of the Labour Party, expressed disappointment with the outcome of the national assembly election.
Ifoh criticized President Bola Tinubu and the ruling party for exerting influence over a majority of Senators and House of Representatives members to ensure the success of their preferred candidates.
Ifoh highlighted that the President did not allow members of both chambers to freely elect their leaders.
This infringement on the democratic process led Ifoh to conclude that the 10th National Assembly would not be independent of the executive as Nigerians might have hoped.
Ifoh stated, “The conventional thing to do is to allow members of both chambers to elect their leaders, but this was not what Nigerians witnessed on Tuesday.
The APC and Presidency did everything possible to have their way and they succeeded.
Nigerians should not expect this Assembly to champion any form of legislative independence because the Senate President and the Speaker of the House were the picks of the Presidency.”
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