Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that the call by the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to install an all-APC leadership in the National Assembly is ‘no longer democracy’.
Hunkuyi who was a guest on Channels TV Sunday Politics urged the party leadership to respect the sanctity of the national assembly by saying that minority members don’t have a say.
“Adams Oshiomole is entitled to his opinion but certainly I think what he is bringing on the table is no longer democracy. It is beyond reason for any National Chairman of a party to go beyond his own takes by thinking he can have the powers to bring on board and install anybody in the name of the leadership of the Senate or the House of Representatives.”
“If you listen to each of the aspirants, either for speakership or Senate president, they are talking of campaigning, cajoling and drawing the attention of their fellow members or senators to elect them into that office, that is civility, democracy and that is what we expect, especially in 2019 today.”
The lawmaker raised concerns over the actions of the APC in addressing the leadership issue, with respect to other political parties represented in the national assembly.
“I find it very funny, this is not labour democracy, textile house democracy, Oshiomole should understand this is the national assembly; you cannot decide that leadership at all levels, other parties or members don’t have a say.”
“The fact is that from the angle the leadership of the APC has started, they have started on a very wrong footing for themselves, for me as an opposition, I would say kudos.”