President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, Monday, inaugurated a committee that would work towards executive and legislative harmony in the country with vice president, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo as chairman.
Curiously however, ALSC has found out that of all the committee members, none came from the South East geopolitical zone.
This is in spite of the fact that there are prominent persons from South East that are either members of the national assembly or ministers in Buhari’s cabinet that should be in the committee made up only members of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, including foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, his counterpart in Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige and Sen. Orji Uzor Kalu to name a few.
While Osinbajo is the committee’s chairman, other members are Senate President Ahmed Lawan, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, Deputy Speaker, Ahmed Idris Wase, Chairman of APC Caretaker Committee and Governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni; Senate Majority Leader, Senator Yahaya Abdullahi, House Majority Leader, Hon. Alhassan Ado Doguwa, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha; Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari; Attorney- General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami; and Secretary of the APC’s Caretaker Committee, Senator Akpan Udoedehe.
While inaugurating the committee, Buhari scolded his party’s leadership over internal bitter bickering which he said cost the party many governorship and legislative seats in past elections.
He said the APC has a clear majority of memberships of both the Senate and the House of Representatives, added that the executive-legislative relationship in this tenure has so far been smooth.
He said the reason for inaugurating the committee was to ensure that such unhealthy relationships in the party were averted.
“Our party commands a clear majority in the Senate and the House of Representatives. The vice president, the distinguished Senate President, the Rt. Hon. Speaker and I, all belong to APC and working relationship between the executive and the legislature has been excellent so far.
“Our joint responsibility is to keep things that way and see where we can improve our communication and coordination.
“But we must admit to ourselves that our party has been too often embroiled in bitter, and on occasions, totally unnecessary squabbles, causing us seats in the legislative and gubernatorial elections.
“This never should have happened. We are here to make sure such occurrences never happen again.
“We must now ensure regular consultations between the party and government,” Buhari said.