In the just concluded week, the All Progressives Congress (APC)-controlled National Assembly successfully elected its principal officers into office through an open secret ballot system on Tuesday, June 11, 2019.
Results of the elections in the 109-member Senate produced Senator Ahmed Lawan of APC, who defeated Senator Ali Ndume (also of the APC) in a two-horse race by 79 votes to 28, as Senate President.
Also, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege (APC) defeated former deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), 68 votes to 37votes.
In the 360-member House of Representatives, Honorable Femi Gbajabiamila (APC) polled 281 votes to defeat Honourable Umar Bago (APC) who scored a meager 76 votes. However, in the deputy speakership election, Honourable Idris Wase emerged unopposed. Elsewhere, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, in a recent interview, acknowledged the rampage of banditry which appeared to have risen to alarming heights in comparison to the insurgency of Boko Haram. According to Mr Boss Mustapha, “banditry in the North West, if care is not taken, would be another insurgency because they come in and take territories and declare lordship over those territories and they dare even authorities and securities agencies”.
The results of the National Assembly elections essentially formalizes the APC’s total control and hold on the levers of power at the federal level – in additoin to its dominance at state levels.
Hence, we expect that with its enhanced leverage at the National Assembly, it should record, not only an increase in the number of bills that became law as witnessed in the 8th Assembly, but also, the expeditious passage and signing into law of particularly critical bills such as the Petroleum Industry Governance Bills and other related bills on which the fate of the Nigerian economy rests. We also expect that efforts would be made to enhance the effectiveness of governance by reforming the economy in order to enhance productivity and welfare of its citizens in line with its 2019 “Nest Level” manifesto.