The ambition of Senator Oluremi Tinubu, lawmaker representing Lagos Central Senatorial District, to become the Deputy Senate President in the 9th National Assembly may not materialise as her husband, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), is opposed to the move.
Tinubu is more interested in Lagos State producing
Credible sources said it was impossible for Lagos State to produce both the Deputy Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives in the same dispensation.
Tinubu’s efforts to ensure Gbajabiamila emerges the speaker in the current dispensation hit a brick wall when the lawmakers, in concert with their colleagues in the Peoples Democratic Party (APC), elected Yakubu Dogara, the incumbent speaker, to lead them.
Speaking on the latest development, our source, an elected member of the House of Representatives, said Tinubu was leaving no stone unturned in ensuring that what happened in June 2015 when the National Assembly elected their leaders did not repeat itself.
“Yes, the desire of Senator Oluremi Tinubu for the Deputy Senate President position is real, given her experience as a ranking female lawmaker, but it is also clashing with the desire of her husband to ensure Lagos State produces the speaker of the House of Representatives.
“It is likely that the APC will zone the speakership position to the South-West as they did in 2015, and our preferred candidate is Femi Gbajabiamila, the current Majority Leader.
“Asiwaju (Tinubu) is not really keen about his wife becoming the Deputy Senate President as this may jeopardise his desire to have Gbajabiamila occupy the position of speaker.”
Another party chieftain also said Tinubu had not discussed the issue of Senator Oluremi’s ambition with them, adding that “it is not feasible”.
“He is more interested in Lagos producing the speaker. As it stands, Remi Tinubu’s ambition to become Deputy Senate President is not feasible,” the party chieftain said.
In a related development, Prince Tony Momoh, a former Minister of Transport, on Tuesday said President Muhammadu Buhari would not interfere in the process of choosing leadership positions in the incoming National Assembly.
Speaking with Daily Independent, Momoh, one of the national leaders of the ruling APC, said it was unfair for anyone to try to decide for the legislative arm of government its leaders when, by the constitution, they were an independent arm of government.
He said: “The fact is, there are three arms of government: the legislature, the executive, and the judiciary. Each has its own internal operations and operates independent of the other.
“There is the tendency for each one to aspire, develop, or evolve a personality of its own.
“In the National Assembly, you have all the parties coming together to make laws for the country.
“In the making of that law, they have their own ways of choosing their leaders. Nobody can impose leaders on them because, historically, imposed leaders never last.
“In 1999, when we came in as the ruling party (I was in PDP then), we had a preference for the late Chuba Okadigbo as Senate President.
“Unfortunately, someone that the then president, Olusegun Obasanjo, wanted emerged as president of the Senate.
“His name was Evan Enwerem. But because the lawmakers didn’t want him, it was just a matter of time before Okadigbo came.”