Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) controlled Senate will spell doom for the All Progressives Congress (APC) led government a former House of Representatives member, Dr Haruna Yerima, has said.
Speaking to Daily Trust, Yerima said the leadership and President Muhammadu Buhari of the APC must take measures to stop the PDP from taking over leadership of the Senate.
“The ruling party and the presidency must ensure that the ranks and files of APC senators remain intact,” he said.
The university teacher and APC chieftain said with the ongoing criminal trial of Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki, “something strategic must be done to avert the National Assembly’s ridiculing of the president.
“You can imagine what will happen if the PDP takes over the Senate. What happened during the election of Saraki in June, last year, is an eye opener. There will be problems for Buhari’s government if the PDP takes over the Senate.
“If Saraki finally resigns or is found guilty, who takes over? We can only dismiss the possibilities of PDP’s taking over at our own peril. The PDP requires only three senators to form the majority. It is easier for them because the Saraki diehards in the APC will support them.
“Where the pendulum of some former governors in the Senate will swing to is clear, going by their antecedents. This should worry any believer in Buhari’s change agenda. The progressive policies of the president, which require the lawmakers’ nod will be jeopardised.”
He alleged that the policy direction of the current National Assembly was antithetical to Buhari’s change agenda.
“The unpopular buying of luxury cars for lawmakers, the controversial amendments of the Code of Conduct Bureau laws, the budget debacle are pointers to the fact that it will get worse if eventually the PDP takes over the Senate.”