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National Assembly members always resist imposition of leadership- Dogara

National Assembly members always resist imposition of
leadership- Dogara
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu
Dogara, has cautioned political parties to resist the urge
to sponsor or impose candidates for leadership positions
in the two chambers of the National Assembly as
history has shown that it is always a futile effort.
Speaking at the Orientation ceremony for Batch B of 9th
Assembly members-elect and senators-elect in Abuja,
he advised any political party with such an agenda to
ensure that it carries all members along so that they
can have a sense of belonging and defend their leaders if
the need ever arises.
Hon Dogara stated, “I am not here to dictate to the
parties, parties have their manifesto, parties know how
they conduct their businesses but one thing I have said,
if you followed the business during this induction
exercise is that it is always better to allow the
leadership to emerge from the people. But where
leadership has been forced upon the people, in the
history of the National Assembly, we are all part of this
history in Nigeria, it has never endured.
“Whoever a party is sponsoring or supporting, they
should make sure that they have the backing of the
legislators so that they accept it; so that they own the
process and they own the leadership. That way, they
will always come out to defend it but in a situation
where it is forced, literarily, you know, driven down their
throats, in most cases, even in the Senate, it doesn’t
augur well.”
Giving a view on what qualities should be considered in
choosing the next leadership of the House, he noted,
among other things, be able to go about achieving their
ambitions without rancour and to have the ability to
steer the affairs of the House to surpass the
unparalleled achievements the 8th Assembly has made
in the legislative history of Nigeria.
The speaker explained, “Those that have been elected,
we are going to be here for four years to serve the
people and leadership is always something that emerges
for people. Some of us who have been on the field, we
know how that is done and our advice is that we stay
calm; even though I understand that a lot of people are
going in for these positions of leadership in the National
Assembly, but if we can do it with less rancour, at the
end of the day, we are praying that we will have those
leaders who will be able to sustain what we have done
in the 8th Assembly and even surpass.
“We do not want any leadership that will take us back,
we have made a lot of mileage and we hope we are able
to get the kind of leadership that will build on the
achievements of this assembly, which is unparalleled in
our legislative history.
“So, I will advise members to look at members that
have thrown themselves into the race to see who is it
that will aggregate their aspirations better and be able
to surpass the records of this assembly.”

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