For about a month now, Nigerians and keen global observers of political development in the country have been treated to a fierce contest between the ruling All Progressives Party (APC) and its members in the National Assembly.
The contest, which has sharply divided federal lawmakers elected on the platform of the party is about who gets what principal office in both chambers of the National Assembly and the battle has been on since the election of presiding officers, against the wishes of the party leadership on June 9.
Though, the crisis threatening the soul of APC and currently bedeviling the two chambers of the parliament predated the inauguration of the 8th National Assembly, it however escalated after the emergence of its presiding officers. In a move viewed by some of its lawmakers as an attempt to impose presiding officers on the parliament by its founding National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the party had expressed its preference for certain candidates for the four presiding seats in the National Assembly.
So the big question now is: Will APC send to Buhari a party list of ministers and portfolios as it did to Saraki and Dogara? And would Buhari tow party lines on such a list?
Going by his stand and pronouncements, Buhari chose not to meddle in the appointment of commissioners at the state level and that of members of the National Assembly because, as he said, he won’t allow anyone meddle with his choice of federal appointees, including ministers and his kitchen cabinet.
As pictured here by the president’s official photographer, Bayo Omoboriowo, Buhari seems to colourfully block out political noise and distractions from his ears.