By Alemma Aliu
BENIN CITY—AS the jostle for who occupies leadership position in the 9th National Assembly and preparation for the inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term gathers momentum, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Edo State, Elder Matthew Emiohe, has urged Buhari to ensure he leaves a legacy of a new Nigeria by the time he finishes his second term.
Besides, he urged Buhari to ensure he showed interest in who gets what at the National Assembly to avoid the mistake of 2015 where the APC gifted leadership positions to people who did not share his vision for the country.
Speaking to journalists in Benin City yesterday, Emiohe who is also a member of the Governing Council of Ambrose Alli University, AAU, Ekpoma said Nigerians want the president to be a father to ther nation.
He said: “Buhari must try in his second term to establish himself as a man who changed Nigeria for good. He should be a man who addressed the problems of the economy, a man that solved Nigeria’s security problems.
Nigerians want him to take a stand on herdsmen issue, to be a father to the nation?, to look at things holistically. Nigerians want him to be greater than the founding fathers like Zik, Awolowo and Sadauna,” he said.
On the National Assembly leadership, he said: “We don’t want a repeat of what happened when Saraki emerged Senate President. The party should embark on wide consultation with all stakeholders to produce the leadership of the National Assembly.
“The President must take a stand so that we don’t have a Senate President that will give him problems.”
On insinuations that the APC may disintegrate once Buhari exits after the end of his second term, he said that was not possible as long as the party sticks to its manifesto.
“As long as we have good programmes to help the country, we will continue to win. People are angry with PDP because of what they did. They are the one that will not survive,” he said.