Since 1999, candidates endorsed by political parties as presiding officer were usually rejected by lawmakers – Dogara

Hon. Yakubu Dogara, the speaker of the National House of Representatives

Hon. Yakubu Dogara, the speaker of the National House of Representatives, in a statement on Monday while speaking with journalists said that history since 1999 had shown that any candidate endorsed by political parties as presiding officer was usually rejected by lawmakers.

Lawmakers-elect have revealed that they would resist the imposition of candidate on them, saying that they would protect the sanctity and independence of the legislature by electing the leaders of their choice.

A lawmaker-elect had few days ago said that the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, gives directives to lawmakers-elect like a headmaster instructing his pupils.

“Leadership is something that emerges from people. Some of us who have gone through the process know how it is done. My advice is that we study those going in for these positions to avoid less rancour,” Dogara said.

“At the end of the day, we pray that we have who would be able to sustain what we have achieved in the 8th National Assembly and even surpassed our achievements. We don’t want any leadership that will set us back. We have made a lot of mileage.

“I will advise members to actually look out for those who are contesting and see who is in the race that would perform better than the records of the current assembly.

“I am not here to dictate to parties. They have their manifestos and they know how to conduct their business. It is always better for the leadership of the legislature to emerge from members but where leadership has been forced on the people, it doesn’t usually endure.

“If you look at the history of the National Assembly, it (imposition) has never endured. The leadership selection process from outside the chamber has always been causing crisis in the Assembly.

“Parties should ensure that whoever they are supporting has the backing of the legislators so that they can accept such candidate because they own the process and they own the leadership.

“That way, they will always come out to defend it. But in a situation where it (leadership) is forced down the throat of members, in most cases it doesn’t work even in the Senate. It doesn’t augur well.”



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