The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Mr Adams Oshiomhole, has described the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as ‘the devil’ which APC cannot work with, in the 9th assembly.
Oshiomhole disclosed this at the presidential villa, where President Muhammadu Buhari hosted House of Representatives members-elect at a lavish dinner.
Presenting Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, as the APC’s chosen candidate for the speaker of the 9th House, the National Leader reiterated that APC could decide on the presiding officers without the involvement of PDP.
He said, “The APC chairman spoke further, “If you are elected, it means you are tested and trusted, the National Working Committee (of the APC) had a meeting with representatives-elect, three weeks ago and it was very revealing. Their intervention is a clear confirmation that Nigerians did not make a mistake by electing them. Their deep knowledge of the constitution would convince many that they were not first timers but seasoned lawmakers.”
“On their own, speaker after speaker, across the zones, pledged to work together for Mr President to lay a landmark foundation for a new Nigeria I am confident that this time around, they are very hungry Nigerians ready to deliver on the mandates at the campaigns.”
Criticizing the leadership of the current 8th National Assembly, Oshiomhole alleged that both Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara remained hostile to the executive in the last four years.
“In life, mistakes are permitted but it becomes a problem if the mistake is repeated twice. We are determined not to repeat the mistakes of 2015 in 2019, we have learnt our lesson, out of 223 APC elected members, about 67 were re-elected, and the rest are new members.”
“In other climes, you don’t go into coalition when you are in the majority, you do so when you don’t have the numbers. We have the numbers, out of 360, Nigerians elected 223 APC members because they don’t want Mr President to face the trauma of 2015.
“Most of those who defected were rejected and even those who led it were uprooted. We cannot as a part, which has a comfortable majority, entrust critical committees in the hands of the PDP or the opposition.
“Neither Mr President nor the party expects the National Assembly to be a rubber-stamp, we have asked our people not to share what belongs to us with other party members