President Muhammadu Buhari has been cautioned against allowing the National Assembly to be taken over by the foot-soldiers of the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
A cross section of senators-elect told LEADERSHIP Friday that the recommendation by the APC that the incumbent Senate Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan (APC, Yobe) for the Senate presidency was a plot to surrender the parliament to Tinubu.
They also said that the touting of the House leader, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila as the speaker of the House of Representatives was in the same direction.
APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, had during a dinner for the senators-elect at the presidential villa on Monday night, announced Lawan as the preferred candidate of the party for the Senate presidency.
The party has also endorsed Gbajabiamila for the speakership position.
One of the lawmakers-elect told LEADERSHIP Friday that since Tinubu had produced the vice president in the person of Yemi Osinbajo and Oshiomhole as APC chairman, other contributors to the victory of the party should also be rewarded.
He said: “Lawan and Gbajabiamila are the candidates of Tinubu. If they have their way, it means Tinubu has extended his hold to the parliament. Already, he has the vice president and the APC national chairman. What else is left for others?”
The new maker continued: “People are just keeping quiet because of their respect for Buhari who believes that it’s payback time for Tinubu. It shouldn’t be so because other people contributed and they should be rewarded, accordingly.”
Another lawmaker from the North said the quest by Tinubu to conquer the National Assembly was simply to lay the foundation for his 2023 presidential ambition.
“He deliberately brought his colloquium to Abuja as against Lagos, his usual venue, because he wants to conquer the country. He feels that it’s time for him to do so.
“He has pocketed Lagos and he is leaving no stone unturned to pocket the country. Some of us are of the view that neutral candidates should be considered for the National Assembly leadership and not those whose allegiance will be to Tinubu and not the country,” he said.