The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) national chairman, Uche Secondus, on Friday made revelations on how Ahmad Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila emerged as Senate President and House of Representatives Speaker.
Secondus, who spoke at the 86th National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the party in Abuja, alleged that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) bribed lawmakers to ensure its candidates’ won.
He said while the executive arm is having their wish in the 9th Assembly, PDP as the main opposition party is “very uncomfortable that the level of alleged corruption that preceded the emergence of the leadership is capable of undermining the desired robust legislative activities”.
Secondus said: “Having ‘purchased’ the leadership of the parliament, we expect the cabals to now fully take over and dictate the show at the legislature. We have even seen the first sign of what is to come when the APC group in the Senate killed a motion to debate the June 12 speech of the imperial President.
“Only a conquered parliament with credibility challenge can shy away from discussing a major address of a President just sworn into office, but that is a sign of what is to come when choosing legislative leadership is heavily monetized by a regime that claims to be fighting corruption.
“The bazar that took place during the election of National Assembly leaders clearly gives a picture of the anti-corruption status and how the APC has become home for looters. Just last week Nigerians witnessed how some corruption charges involving APC chieftains were withdrawn from the EFCC and handed over to the Attorney General for final dropping.
“Permit me at this juncture, dear leaders, to express the disappointment of our party on the embarrassing roles of some of our party members at the National Assembly during the election of their leaders.
“Party loyalty demands that you stick to your party at any given situation. When personal interest clash with party interest, personal should drown into that of the party, that’s what real democrats are expected to do.”