NASS Crisis: Oyegun Proposes New Deal To Dogara For Gbajabiamila To emerge House Leader
In a bid to resolve the leadership crisis rocking the House of Representatives, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief John Odigie Oyegun on Friday made fresh proposal that seeks to persuade Deputy Speaker Yusuf Lasun to resign his position and make way for the emergence of Femi Gbajabiamila as House leader.
It was gathered that Oyegun made the proposal during a meeting in Abuja that had in attendance, Governor Rauf Aregbesola Osun State, Speaker of the House of Representative, Yakubu Dogara and Lasun.
Speaking on the reason for the meeting yesterday, Oyegun said the discussion centred on efforts to find lasting solution to the lingering crisis rocking the National Assembly.
Oyegun who spoke to Journalists in his office, said the party had summoned Dogara, Lasun and other APC governors from the South-west to a consultative meeting to seek an end to the legislators’ rift.
Out the four APC governors from the South-west, only Aregbesola showed up for the meeting.
Part of the deal is to get Gbajabiamila’s group to withdraw its court case as soon as the Dogara’s group agrees to a deal to have the Deputy Speaker trade-off his position.
When asked to confirm whether the party has asked Lasun to step down as part of the new peace deal, Oyegun said “no”, adding that what was of interest to all was to achieve amicable settlement of the crisis.
“No, the party has not said such thing, we only called a meeting with the Speaker, his deputy and South-west governors so as to try and sort out the outstanding issues in the House of Representatives. We are still holding consultations and hopefully there will be a breakthrough soon,” he said.
Sources at the national Secretariat yesterday confided to journalists that the leadership of South-west APC which is still loyal to the national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, had agreed to sacrifice Lasun.
It was learnt that Aregbesola who incidentally is governor of Lasun’s home state may have been sent to go and persuade him to agree to step down.
But it was not certain whether the Dogara group had also consented to the new proposal as Dogara left the party premises keeping mom.
Not even the desperate entreaties by anxious journalists could get the Speaker to utter a word.
Similarly, both Lasun and Aregbesola stormed out of the meeting speechless. Their aides told Journalists that they were under instructions not speak on what transpired at the meeting.
Two rival groups led by Dogara and the former Minority Leader of the House Representatives, Gbajabiamila have been locked in bitter power tussle over the election of principal officers of the lower legislative chamber.
Whereas Senator Bukola Saraki and Dogara, had defied the directive of the party by contesting and emerging the Senate President and the Speaker respectively against the wish of APC which had preferred Senator Ahmed Lawan and Gbajabiamila for the positions.
The resultant crisis have since defied several peace moves, the latest of which was the one brokered by the APC governors headed by the former Speaker and Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal.
While the Gbajabiamila group of loyalist lawmakers had insisted on having him occupy the House Leader post, Dogara and his group wrote a letter to the party explaining why it would not accept Gbajabiamila as House Leader.
They argued that since his zone, the South-west is presently holding the position of Deputy Speaker, it would amount to a violation of the federal character principle.