Rep tasks Buhari on emergence of Gbajabiamila as majority leader
THE Minority Whip in the House of Representatives, Yakubu Barde (PDP-Kadana) has called on President Mohammadu Buhari to clear the air on the allegations that he influenced the emergence of the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, saying the President’s famous quote: “I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody,” was a fallacy to hoodwink Nigerians.
Barde , in a statement he issued yesterday in Abuja and made available to The Guardian said he was “shocked by the revelation from Hon. Gbajabiamila that indeed , President Buhari had meddled in the affairs of the House of Representatives contrary to his earlier stance,” not to interfere in the emergence of the House leadership.
He said; “Nigerians deserve to know the truth of what actually transpired in the process that led to Gbajabiamila`s emergence.”
Gbajabiamila told journalists during an interactive session at the National Assembly in Abuja on Friday, that President Muhammadu Buhand and the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) declined his offer to withdraw from the race.
“But on principle, the President did not accept it, my party did not accept it and I thank God for the kind of confidence they have in me to be able to deliver the goods for the party. Who am I to say no? It was on principle that we stayed on course,” he had said.
“To say the least, we are shocked by the revelation from Hon. Gbajabiamila that indeed President Buhari had meddled in the affairs of the House of Representatives contrary to his earlier stance.
“Nigerians may recall that President-elect Muhammadu Buhari had told the world that he wont interfere in the process of emergence of leaders of the House.
“Buhari said he was ready to work any one who emerges and went ahead to reiterate this stance in his famous inaugural address “I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody.”
“However, with the latest revelations by Gbajabiamila, we are not sure who is telling the truth between the two men. It is either one of them lied to Nigerians or both men jointly and separately lied.
“If, as Gbajabiamila claimed, Buhari did influence his emergence as House Leader, it will rather be unfortunate that the President is not a man of his words and Nigerians should now begin to scrutinise every word that emanates from his mouth.
“We are alarmed by this development because it portends grave danger for our democracy and the independence of the legislature.
“The president must resist the temptation to use his power and influence to compromise the institution of the National Assembly by directly involving himself in the process of emergence of principal officers of the House.
“We will continue to resist any attempt to compromise the independence of the House as protected by the constitution.