By Babatope Falade
“Tambuwal contested for the position as a PDP lawmaker whose party was in the majority. If he wasn’t in the majority, he will not have thought about the speakership in the first place. Then, he needs to ask himself whether he is doing posterity any good, by trying to create an anomaly where he has often stood for ideals on how democracy should work.”
Tambuwal defected to APC and all national issues seem to be second grade. Why should it be so? I am not surprised. Newspapers sell largely because of the antagonism between the ruling party and the opposition. It is an economic meal to be devoured.
If we are to examine the implication of Tambuwal’s actions, we will see that the law is ambiguous, especially section 68 (g) that has been in contention by many stakeholders in our political ecosystem.
The constitution did not unequivocally express the implication of a speaker’s defection, hence the matter needs to be decided in our courts. Bearing this in mind, it will be salient to say that it will be an anomaly that a party that is in the majority will have the speaker of its nation’s parliament drawn from the minority. This has never happened anywhere in the world. I don’t think it should be same here in Nigeria.
We should be bothered because the power tussle that is on between our political gladiators will only ensure Nigerians suffer from plenary inefficiencies that will arise. We are about to witness a situation where instead of legislators in the lower chambers to meet determine Nigeria’s progress, they will be meeting to decide whether to impeach Tambuwal or not.
Thus begs the question of how the matter should be resolved. We have the option of waiting for the courts whilst we maintain the status quo, Tambuwal resigning his position or PDP muscling him in an undefined process. I think the second option is the best and I will give my reasons.
Tambuwal contested for the position as a PDP lawmaker whose party was in the majority. If he wasn’t in the majority, he will not have thought about the speakership in the first place. Then, he needs to ask himself whether he is doing posterity any good, by trying to create an anomaly where he has often stood for ideals on how democracy should work. Progressive democracy will be violated where a speaker is from the minority. Will Labour party in Britain produce a Prime Minister where they are in the minority even where Cameron defects there? Fellow Nigerian’s we know it won’t happen.
Hence, this is a moral situation, where only Tambuwal is the true moral agent. Let’s forget the noise other biased stakeholders in PDP and APC are making, the onus falls on Tambuwal to honourably resign if he truly has the interest of Nigerians at heart. If he doesn’t he will put a hold on developmental causes and overheat the polity unduly. If he has the clout, let him fight PDP justly and ensure his party gets the political capital to effect the desired change.
It is patriotic, honourable and the best moral cause for Rt. Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal to resign. Now.
Babatope Falade is a communications strategist. He writes exclusively for BREAKING TIMES every Monday in the column, Game of Thrones. He can be followed on Twitter at @topefalade
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