NASS Crisis: Bamidele Commends Buhari For Insisting On Party Supremacy

opeyemi-bamideleA former member of the House of Representatives, Opeyemi Bamidele, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for wading into the leadership crisis rocking the National Assembly among the All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers.

He also praised the president for insisting that all members of the APC align themselves with the doctrine of party supremacy.

Bamidele, who was the Labour Party candidate in the 2014 Ekiti governorship election, said by placing himself under the authority of the APC, President Buhari has automatically resolved the leadership crisis rocking the two chambers of the National Assembly.

In a statement issued in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital on Saturday by his media aide, Ahmed Salami, the former rep member urged the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, to embrace what the leader of the party had demonstrated, in order to restore lasting peace to the party.

He also called on Saraki and Dogara to reciprocate the party’s gesture as communicated by its National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun that their elections stand recognised, even in the face of breaching the party’s directive to actualize their aspirations.

Bamidele said, “What President Buhari demonstrated was a paradigm from the old order where a party was often being treated as an appendage of its powerful members. With this clear position, I believe the crisis in APC is over.

“President Buhari promised Nigerians change and he has started demonstrating this by showing how a good party structure must be under an ideal democratic situation. The party supremacy is a global convention and Nigeria cannot be an exemption no matter how we perceive our style of politics.

“I see no reason why members would continue to feud when the national leader of the party had made it clear that the positions of the party is incontestable and must be respected at all times.

“The two factions must concede to each other. They must shift positions and concede where necessary in order not to blow away the party’s goodwill with Nigerians”.