Odinkalu Raises Alarm Over Composition Of 9th NASS Leadership
A former chairman of the National Human Rights Commission [NHRC], Professor Chidi Odinkalu has expressed worries over the possible composition of the ninth National Assembly.
Professor Odinkalu was reacting to a media interview held by Ms. Kadaria Ahmed with Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila wherein Ms. Ahmed raised questions on his character and integrity to lead the House of Representatives.
It could be recalled that the ruling All Progressives Congress [APC], during its last meeting ahead of the election of the leadership of the ninth Assembly has endorsed Senator Ahmad Lawan as the Senate President.
The party also endorsed Senator Ovie Omo-Agege as the Deputy Senate President.
In the Green Chamber, the party endorsed Hon. Gbajabiamila as the Speaker, with Hon. Idris Ahmed Wase as the Deputy.
Reacting to the composition, Prof. Odinkalu, on his Twitter handle, expressed unease at the characters endorsed by the ruling party for the plum job.
He tweeted: “As the 9th Parliament of @nassnigeria convenes in 36 hrs, the party of “Integrity” gets set to install as Speaker of @HouseNGR, a man who was disbarred for stealing client’s money; & as Deputy President of @NGRSenate, another who stole the Mace of the Senate!
“#NextLevelThings,” he taunted the APC slogan.
Gbajabiamila was nailed on cases of a prior conviction, dishonesty, identity theft, different birth dates, and most recently, perjury.
On his part, the mediasphere was awash last year with news of how Senator Omo-Agege led a band of thugs and whisked away the Mace, a symbol of authority in the Red Chamber.
The duo were endorsed by their party to play leadership role in the ninth National Assembly which is due to be inaugurated tomorrow, June 11, 2019.
See more responses by concerned Nigerians following Odinkalu’s alarm:
With legs crossed, confidently explaining his fraud without remorse as if we are talking about petty theft…why do we continue to raise flag for people with questionable antecedents…#weNEVERready
— Felix O (@phelixio) June 10, 2019
Just because of love of money, the senators and house members who ought to resist these impositions are comprised wt d sharing of twenty five million Naira each to them to vote in criminals as their leaders. Materialism has killed Nigerians.
— cyrilifada offor (@CyrilifadaO) June 10, 2019
I have completely given up on Nigeria. But how come things so much degenerated under Buhari?
NYSC and Nigeria's law got broken by a minister under Buhari's charge and the man served out his tenure as minister.
That shows that NYSC is not needed anymore. What a President!
— Araba Kpura (@kpurantashi) June 10, 2019
If only the media had the rights they should have, @KadariaAhmed should be asking @femigbaja questions like: "do you think you have the INTEGRITY to lead the a house of REP?
Guys we have to fight this corrupt leaders some day–lets do it NOW!
— itiswhatitis (@chimezierichy1) June 10, 2019
Yes, that is the NEXT LEVEL of integrity and broda corruption not anti corruption.
— LUCKY STAR (@luckysta01) June 10, 2019
That's why we are where we are!!
I'm sure Mr Integrity will fall the remaining peoples hand that still believe in him..
The world is watching!
— AbJosh (@AbJosh4) June 10, 2019
Ths ppl take the rest of us for granted. Govt of integrity and fighting corruption, endorsing ths lying dude for speaker of the house. We are like a joke as a nation.Well he'll get elected, no doubt. Ppl before him in PMB govt are all free and in high position under PMB govt
— sunny (@sunnytashie) June 10, 2019