Tinubu Calls on Opposition to Join Hands and Wrestle Power from PDP
National leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN and former governor of Lagos state, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has charged opposition political parties in the country to come together to wrestle power from the ruling People’s Democratic Party, PDP.
Tinubu who described the current PDP government as inept urged opposition groups not to fold their hands and expect power to fall on their lap. “Whether you have executive opposition or not, power is not served ala carte. It is not like a menu in Sheraton Hotel. You have to struggle for it. Let us first of all straighten the institutions. This is my proposition. We are ready as opposition to work together with other political parties to wrestle power from this inept government,” he stated.
While calling for prudent management of the nation’s resources at the annual awards and lectures of the Leadership newspapers held at the Sheraton Hotels and Towers, Abuja, Tinubu asked that the National Assembly should be restructured to make way for only one chamber of the lawmaking body.
His words “We have kept complaining about the cost of governance and the recurrent expenditure that is not even allowing the proportion of the country for developmental programmes,” Tinubu stated, adding that “but we have never examined the structural problem of even the constitution that we are operating.
“Why do we need two Houses of the National Assembly whereas as the House of Representatives representing the smaller constituencies is enough in the same number of population? Why not get rid of the Senate for slim and better legislative activities? Let us start examining that.
He condemned attempts by the federal government to whittle down the power of the executive chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), stressing that the commission’s boss must be given the free hands to operate. According to him, “Once you say somebody is Chairman/Chief Executive of a corporation, you have given him all the powers and authority to act on behalf of the people. We gave INEC the power and authority to act on our behalf, to be an institution that will be transparent and independent and the commission is being funded directly from source, from allocation, from tax and expenditure from our commonwealth and the wealth of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“Why would we not allow the buck to stop on the table of INEC Chairman so that if he messes up, we have somebody to blame? Why will an INEC Chairman not be able to appoint those in the branches in the states, namely: the Resident Electoral Commissioners who are representatives of INEC in the states? Why will they be appointed by the President who is equally partisan and a member of a political party which said they will rule Nigeria for 60 years? Why? If they are the one appointing RECs and card-carrying member of PDP, how would we have a liable electoral system?”
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