Democracy is the government of the people, by the people, and for the people. For government to be truly called a democratic, then there must be room for a very strong opposition.
After several years of witnessing lack of strong and unified opposition in the Nigeria democratic system, the birth of the All Progressives Congress became the game changer. The #APC was able to wrestle power from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party because they were, primarily, united and the #PDP never took into cognizance that Nigeria could give birth to a very strong and solid opposition.
As lawmakers go to elect new leaders for the National Assembly today June 9, 2015, the reverse is the case; the PDP is now playing the role of a strong opposition towards ensuring that the polity remains in a truly democratic #state and never descend into chaos. With a voting strength of 49 senators for the position of the senate #president, the PDP is widely regarded as the minority in the upper chamber of the house.
However, in ensuring that the party with the majority in the National Assembly occupy the key positions in the house, the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party has adopted Senator Bukola Saraki for the position of Senate President in the National Assembly leadership election to be held today.
In the same vein, the PDP equally adopted Hon. Yakubu Dogara for the position of the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
The PDP, in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Olisa Metuh, in Abuja on Tuesday morning at 1:50am, directed its senators and members-elect in the House of Representatives to support its adopted candidates. Following this directives, “the party therefore urges its senators and members-elect in the National Assembly to act accordingly.”
Based on this latest twist coming from the opposition, we are confidently projecting the two candidates adopted by the PDP as the both the senate president and the House of Representatives Speaker of the eighth assembly.
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