Adams Oshiomhole, the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), has re-insisted that the APC would never work with the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 9th National Assembly.
Oshiomhole who described the PDP as, ‘the devil’, noted that the ruling party has a comfortable majority in both the Senate and House and could therefore decide on the choice of presiding officers without depending on the PDP to succeed.
He noted that with 223 members out of the 360 members in the 9th House, the ruling party would not need the support of the opposition and would certainly not share power with PDP.
Oshiomhole stated this while speaking at the Presidential Villa where President Muhammadu Buhari played host to House of Representatives member-elect.
The APC at the dinner presented Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, the Majority Leader of the House, as its candidate for the Speaker of the 9th House of Representatives.
“If you are elected, it means you are tested and trusted.
“The National Working Committee (of the APC) had a meeting with representatives-elect, three weeks ago and it was very revealing. Their intervention is a clear confirmation that Nigerians did not make a mistake by electing them. Their deep knowledge of the constitution would convince many that they were not first timers but seasoned lawmakers.
“On their own, speaker after speaker, across the zones, pledged to work together for Mr President to lay a landmark foundation for a new Nigeria.
“I am confident that this time around, they are very hungry Nigerians ready to deliver on the mandates at the campaigns.”
Oshiomhole accused the current leadership of the 8th National Assembly of being hostile to President Buhari since 2015.
“In life, mistakes are permitted but it becomes a problem if the mistake is repeated twice. We are determined not to repeat the mistakes of 2015 in 2019, we have learnt our lesson.
“Out of 223 APC elected members, about 67 were re-elected, the rest are new members.
“In other climes, you don’t go into coalition when you are in the majority, you do so when you don’t have the numbers. We have the numbers, out of 360, Nigerians elected 223 APC members because they don’t want Mr President to face the trauma of 2015.
“Most of those who defected were rejected and even those who led it were uprooted. We cannot as a part, which has a comfortable majority, entrust critical committees in the hands of the PDP or the opposition.
“If Nigerians wanted them, they could have voted them. In the days of PDP, every committee was chaired by PDP members.”
“We do not need to do business with the devil for us to survive in the ninth assembly.
“In the African family, we sit down in a closed door to address issues, the good news is that there is a role for everyone.
“Neither Mr President nor the party expects the National Assembly to be a rubber-stamp; we don’t even have rubbers…But we will not fight in Wuse market.
“Both the re-elected and new members are entitled to heading committees
“We have asked our people not to share what belongs to us with other party members.
“I don’t have apologies against forces of retrogression.