But the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the allegations of Nabana showed that he and some other APC leaders did not understand the concept of democracy and separation of powers as well as the workings of the parliament.
In an interview with one of our correspondents, Ologbondiyan accused President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, of interfering with the election of the National Assembly principal officers.
Ologbondiyan said, “It is laughable for him to have made such a submission. It shows that they do not understand the workings of democracy. It might interest him to know that Adams Oshiomhole, on the day that the Senate and the House of Representatives will be convoked, may end up sitting at the gallery. So maybe, he will read out the names of his own presiding officers from the gallery or in his dream at home.
“…They are the ones creating problems in the parliament. They are the ones who said they would not recognise the party that has over 40 senators in the process of the day-to-day activities of the National Assembly. They are the ones who do not understand how presiding officers are elected in the National Assembly and they claim they will go and read out names on the floor. So, they can never accuse the PDP of interference.”
He added, “The interference is coming from the Presidential Villa and the APC. They want to subdue the independence of the parliament in a manner they tried to subdue the electoral wishes of Nigerians. What they should understand is that the PDP is a democratic party and the PDP is in agreement with Nigerians who have decided to live their lives as democrats. So we would not allow them to suppress the wishes of the people.”
Meanwhile, a legislative group made up of old and serving lawmakers, the Faculty Board of the Initiatives, has called on political parties and external forces to allow members of the 9th National Assembly to choose their leaders without interference.
The group, led by a former chairman of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Mr Eseme Eyiboh, made the call in Abuja on Wednesday while addressing a press conference.
Eyiboh was accompanied by Messrs Nelson Alapa, Chris Eta, Ibrahim Buba and Chukwuemeka Ujam.
He said, “This country can only be great if we allow the independence of the legislature, the stability of the legislature and, of course, the separation of powers.”