…By Enitan Thompson for TDPel Media.
Former Kaduna Central Senator, Shehu Sani, has raised concerns about the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) allowing the All Progressives Congress (APC) to have a say in the nomination of the Senate Minority Leader.
During an interview on Arise News, Sani, a PDP stalwart, cautioned that such a move could spell the end for the leading opposition party.
PDP’s Abdication of Opposition Responsibility
Sani pointed out that the prominence of the Labour Party (LP) in opposition activities is a consequence of the PDP relinquishing its role as the primary opposition party to Peter Obi’s party.
According to Sani, this shift has left the PDP vulnerable and compromised in fulfilling its opposition duties.
The Death of Opposition and the Role of the Minority Leader
Expressing his concerns, Sani highlighted the potential consequences of the APC’s desire to have a Minority Leader who would be subservient to the ruling party.
He warned that if the PDP allows this to happen, it would effectively destroy the opposition’s presence within the National Assembly.
Upholding the Dignity of the National Assembly
Sani emphasized the importance of maintaining the independence and dignity of the National Assembly.
He stressed that a truly effective opposition requires a Minority Leader who plays the role of a government-in-waiting, providing a counterbalance and holding the ruling party accountable.
Sani argued that if the PDP submits to the APC’s influence, it would undermine the country’s democratic processes.
Shehu Sani’s warning to the PDP regarding the influence of the APC in the nomination of the Senate Minority Leader highlights the potential consequences for the leading opposition party.
Sani expressed concerns that such a move would lead to the demise of the PDP as an effective opposition force in the National Assembly.
He stressed the significance of the Minority Leader’s role in upholding the dignity and independence of the legislative body.
Sani’s remarks underscore the importance of a strong and independent opposition in a thriving democracy.
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