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An APC member in the House of
Representatives, Nasiru Sani Zangon Daura,
representing Zango/Baure Federal
Constituency of Katsina State, has issued a
press statement explaining why the house
members engaged in a physical combat
today June 25th. The statement reads,
“We are here on behalf of our colleagues
of the APC House Caucus to explain to you
the unfortunate occurrence during today’s
plenary session.
The action that occurred
inside the chamber of the House of
Representatives was in reaction to the
illegal and unconstitutional action taken
by Speaker Yakubu Dogara of the House
of Representatives, an action in his usual
tradition of total disregard to the wishes
of the majority members of the APC
Caucus, the Party itself and the spirit of
the Party.

We are aware of a letter sent by our Party,
APC, dated 23rd June 2015, conveying the
approval of the party’s principal officers vis
a vis the APC House Leader, the APC Chief
Whip, the APC Deputy House Leader and the
APC Deputy Chief Whip for the House of
Representatives. This action of the party and
the APC House Caucus is in compliance with
the Nigerian Constitution, the House rules
and parliamentary tradition, practices and
precedents in Nigeria and all over the
World. But to our surprise and in breach of
our privilege and rights as contained in the
Constitution and extant House Rules, Mr.
Speaker refused to read the letter from our
party.

The Speaker and Deputy Speaker are not
Party Principal Officers but are House of
Representatives Presiding Officers and by
precedent and practice are expected to
provide a level playing ground for all
members, while the Party Principal Officers
are supposed to be the main advocates for
their individual party positions.

The Speaker and the Deputy Speaker of the
House of Representatives are elected by all
members of the House of Representatives
irrespective of party affiliation and it is also
possible under our extant rules for a
Speaker and his Deputy to be elected from a
minority/opposition party in the National
Assembly.

Therefore, Speaker Yakubu Dogara of the
House of Representatives cannot under
extant laws and House rules appoint,
choose, select, dictate or even provide
guidance on how Party Principal Officers
emerge or are elected or selected. That
responsibility and authority lies with each
Party and Party’s Caucus members in the
House.
If I may ask, is Speaker Yakubu
Dogara empowered to do that for the PDP
House Caucus?
This action by Speaker Yakubu Dogara
cannot and will not be allowed to stand as it
will set a dangerous precedent in our
parliamentary practice as it will give the
Speaker the right and authority to appoint,
choose, select, dictate or even provide
guidance on how Principal Officers emerge
or are elected or selected by the Majority
and Minority Parties in the House of
Representatives.

This action is capable of truncating our
democracy. As for the claim being made that
a particular zone should not be allowed to
produce more than one Principal Officer, we
say this with all sense of decorum, that this
claim is absolute rubbish. Precedences were
set in the 6th & 7th Assemblies where a
single zone, the North-West, produced two
and three Principal Officers, respectively.

We, the loyal and disciplined majority APC
Caucus in the House of Representatives are
fully committed in ensuring that our party’s
and President Muhammadu Buhari’s
manifesto, agenda and positions prevail
despite the efforts and shenanigans of the
opposition party(s) and the few disloyal and
undisciplined APC party members in the
House of Representatives.

We are determined in our efforts to utilise
all legislative strategies available to us, so
as to ensure the compliance with due
process and democratic norms and values.
We shall persevere, come rain come shine!
We the loyal and disciplined majority APC
Caucus in the House of Representatives and
the All Progressives Congress have dished
out enough of the carrots, it’s time to crack
the whip so as to ensure party discipline
and maintain order. Dare I say, we rode to
power on the platform of the party, the
party is supreme and thus no one is above
the party.
“God Bless the All Progressives Congress.
“God Bless The House of Representatives.
“God Bless Nigeria.

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An APC member in the House of Representatives, Nasiru Sani Zangon Daura, representing Zango/Baure Federal Constituency of Katsina State, has issued a press statement explaining why the house members engaged in a physical combat today June 25th. The statement reads, “We are here on behalf of our colleagues of the APC House Caucus to explain to...