By Emman Ovuakporie
House leadership :The planned matrimony between PDP and APC
In a bid to sustain the 2011 House project that produced the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Aminu Tambuwal, and his deputy, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, innermost members of the House, during the Yuletide break, in a meeting, resolved to retain Ihedioha as Deputy Speaker in case Tambuwal decamps from the PDP to APC.
Based on this arrangement, Ihedioha remains in PDP, but holds unto his position as DS.
Some members had threatened to dislodge Ihedioha but Tambuwal was said to have threatened to also vacate his position as Speaker if Ihedioha is dropped as his deputy. His threat so far has made the aggrieved members to remain silent.
Those who wanted Ihedioha retained argued that former Senate President, Senator Joseph Wayas, was in the defunct National Party of Nigeria, NPN , while his deputy Senator Wash Pam, was in Nigeria Peoples Party, NPP, and both operated like that in the second republic.
Reps keep 2014Appropriation Act in the cooler
The 2014 Appropriation Bill,submitted, last month to the National Assembly, may suffer further setbacks as Reps keep it in the cooler. The 2014 budget could not be presented by President Goodluck Jonathan largely due to the fear that members of the House may hurl insults at him.
On December 19, the Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala presented, it on his behalf. The 2013 budget was laid on October 10 and was passed in record time by the green chamber.
The 2014 budget may remain in the cooler as nothing has been mentioned about it since the House resumed last Tuesday.
Defection crisis in the House: DPP Chairman denies member for defecting to APC instead of PDP.
Hon. Sulayman Kwande, who defected to APC, last Tuesday, has been denied by his party Chairman, Maj. Gen Jerry Useni. In a communication sent to the House by Useni and read to the House by the presiding officer, Hon Aminu Tambuwal, Useni noted that Kwande was instructed to defect to PDP not APC. This led to shouts of PDP! PDP!! PDP!!! The Speaker used the opportunity to warn members planning to defect to other parties to consult their leaders.
Borno bomb blast: APC/PDP Reps unite to fight common cause
Borno lawmakers are known for one thing in the House: Ever united once Boko Haram is mentioned on the floor.
Last Wednesday, Hon Kyari Gujbawu, PDP, Borno, had brought a motion under matters of national importance to the floor of the House on the Maiduguri January 14 bomb blasts. Gujbawu had barely finished his presentation when all the Borno lawmakers raised their hands to second the motion.
The presiding officer, Aminu Tambuwal, looked up and saw all the hands up and chipped, “Ah, it is only in Borno that both APC and PDP lawmakers work together”. This is unlike their counterparts from Rivers State where Hon Kingsley Chinda at all times will want to puncture whatever his APC counterparts bring to the floor of the House.
Ogor vs Gbajabiamila
Hon Leo Ogor and Hon Femi Gbajabiamila are unarguably the most visible legislators in the 7th Assembly.
They are generals with very vibrant foot soldiers in the House ready to exchange fire for fire once their commanders give the necessary order.
Last Tuesday, the animosity came to bear when Gbajabiamila referred to Ogor as a Deputy Minority Leader, and before you could say ‘Jack Robinson’, Ogor’s field commanders led by Chairman, South- south Parliamentary Caucus, Hon Warman Ogoriba and Hon Toby Okechukwu had advanced towards Gbajabiamila but thank God for APC members who quickly shielded him.