What might be the first signs that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is set to take over the House of Representatives any time soon following the slight majority it now holds over the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, came to the fore as a former Chairman, House Committee on Information in the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Omowumi Ogunlola, called for a change in the leadership of the lower chambers of the National Assembly.
Prior to the defection of 37 members of the House to the APC last Wednesday, the PDP held the majority and thus called the shots but all that is set to change as the ruling party has now being dislodged and might find itself playing the unfamiliar role of minority for the first since the return to democratic rule in 1999.
Giving weight to this line of thought, Ogunlola, during an interview with journalists in Ijero Ekiti on Saturday, said going by its numerical strength, the APC as a majority party, should take key positions in the House of Representatives.
Describing the opposition party’s dominance in the green chambers of the National Assembly as a dream come true, Ogunlola said the recent change gave the APC the rare opportunity to perform the task of rescuing the country from the brink of collapse.
According to her, Nigerians have been yearning for the emergence of a vibrant opposition party that could challenge the PDP’s hegemony.
Ogunlola, who is the Chairman, House Committee on HIV/AIDS, stated that with 172 APC members against the PDP’s 167 members, “The Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal; his deputy, Emeka Ihedioha; and the Majority Leader, Mulikat Akande-Adeola, could no longer function in their respective positions being members of the PDP”.