- A presidential candidate, Dr Obadiah Mailafia, has stated that the legislators-elect for the ninth Assembly should elect their presiding leaders on four criteria
- Mailafia said the lawmakers-elect should not pick anyone with questionable character, but should pick those with the highest integrity
- The presidential candidate also urged incoming lawmakers to pick people who have the requisite experience and who have a human touch
Ahead of the ninth National Assembly’s leadership elections, Dr Obadiah Mailafia, presidential candidate, African Democratic Congress (ADC), has set the agenda for the lawmakers-elect as regards the current leadership tussle in the legislature.
Mailafia, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, said the legislators-elect should elect their presiding leaders on four criteria.
Legit.ng notes that the ninth Assembly would be inaugurated on June 9 as soon as President Muhammadu Buhari issues a proclamation letter to that effect.
However, intense lobbying has commenced at the Senate and the House of Representatives over who becomes the Senate president, speaker of the lower house, among others.
Mailafia, who is also a former deputy governor, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), said the senators-elect and members-elect should refrain from electing any one with questionable character as presiding leader.
“I would suggest four criteria. Number one: Don’t pick any one who has skeletons in his cupboard. They should not have criminal records.
“I mean it will be scandalous to bring people with criminal allegations to the highest echelons of our parliament.
“Number two: They should get people of the highest integrity.
“Number three: They should get people who have the requisite experience; possibly, they are into their second or third term in parliament. That will be very important.
“Finally, they should get people that have human touch who can show that they are in tune with the people and can help our democracy to move forward,’’ he said.
Mailafia, who is also a development economist, said even if the presiding leaders of the ninth Assembly would come from the majority party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), those four criteria should be used as measures.
“The positions should be for people with the highest integrity. Anybody with criminal records in the past should go and resolve those criminal records.
“It should be for people that have experience in parliamentary duties and people that have the human touch,’’ he restated.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that serving and elected senators in Niger under the platform of the APC on Saturday, April 6 endorsed Senator Ahmed Lawan for the ninth Senate president seat.
The endorsement was contained in a statement issued in Minna and signed by three senators - Mohammed Sani Musa (Niger East), Sabi Abdullahi (Niger North) and Senator-elect, Muhammad Bima-Enagi (Niger South) - in Minna.
The senators asserted that Lawan has an impeccable character and undeniable wealth of experience as a lawmaker to drive the aspirations and vision of the 9th Senate towards achieving its mandate.
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