- Professor Itse Sagay has reacted to the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari
- Sagay said the president's new administration would focus on power, fighting against corruption and insecurity
- The PACAC chairman also suggested that President Buhari should use ex-president Obasanjo's approach on NASS leadership selection
The chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Itse Sagay, has admonished President Buhari on the need to be fully involved in the selection of the incoming National Assembly leadership.
The professor of law made this known during an interview with Independent on issues bordering on the president's victory and the challenges ahead for the new administration.
Legit.ng gathers that Sagay, who said President Buhari would focus on power, fighting against corruption and insecurity, disclosed that the the setback in the last administration was as a result of the president's aloofness to the selection of the NASS leadership.
He said: "The President made a very major mistake which became a huge drawback to his administration for the last four years. The mistake was that he was a bit aloof about the leadership of the National Assembly.
"His disposition was that they have been elected, let them choose their leaders. But that was wrong. You don’t do that because they are an important arm of government and they can obstruct you and cause you setbacks, pain and can stop government from making progress in many areas including fighting corruption and improving the economy.
''That is what happened under the Saraki-led National Assembly where they became the major opposition to the federal government. For me, the main opposition party we had was the National Assembly, headed by Saraki and the Senate."
He said he as sure Buhari had learnt his lesson and should be involved this in the NASS leadership selection this year.
Sagay advised Buhari that since the APC has majority based on the number of elected lawmakers he should call the lawmakers and they will choose a leader internally and simply go and formalise it when the National Assembly resumes.
"He will tell them who he wants to be the Senate president the way Obasanjo did successfully. That’s the way he should do it. He should take full control of the process. He must put his foot down and make sure somebody who will cooperate and work with him emerges before the lawmakers assemble to formalise the process.
If not, we are just going back to the destructive and acrimonious era that we just managed to survive under the Saraki-led Senate," he added.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported the deputy national publicity secretary of the APC, Yekini Nabena, alleged that the PDP was planning to hijack the incoming National Assembly.
Nabena urged the party leadership to urgently put in place an inclusive and fair internal zoning/selection arrangement to enable the APC caucus produce all its preferred principal officers for the incoming Senate and House of Representatives so that the political crisis that followed the election of the National Assembly leadership in 2015 would not repeat itself.
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