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Executive/Legislative feud: Stop petty fight, face serious act of governance – Ayo Adebanjo

Elder statesman, Chief Ayo Adebanjo has warned of dire consequences if the ongoing feud between the Executive and Legislative arms of government is not resolved immediately.

In a telephone interview with Daily Times, he has therefore called on the feuding parties to stop the infighting and face more serious and daunting challenge of governance.

Last Monday, Senate President Bukola Saraki and his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, were arraigned before a Federal Territory High Court in Abuja, over alleged forgery of Senate rules that brought them into office last year.

This may have signaled the final parting of ways between the Executive and the Legislature which have over the last one year been having a cat and mouse game.

According to him, this period of serious economic crisis in the land is not the time for petty infighting saying the economic condition of the country deserves more attention than the petty fight in order to stop the crisis deteriorating.

This is the first time in the history of the country that the leadership of the National Assembly would be dragged to court by the Federal Government over criminal malfeasance.

Already, Political Observers have noted that the development portends danger and instability for a country that has been bogged down by an economic logjam that had largely prevented it from fulfilling its campaign promises especially the Change Mantra in the last one year.

Already, the Senate, in what is seen as a retaliatory move has threatened not to clear the list of Ambassadorial nominees sent to it by the President.

Sequel to the arraignment, in what is seen as a direct attack on President Muhammadu Buhari, Senator Saraki alleged that the government was being controlled by a cabal within the government which has been targeting him.

But Buhari, speaking through his spokesman, Femi Adesina denied the existence of any cabal within the government saying that Saraki has just woken up from his slumber.

Also speaking on the matter, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State, Dr. Tokunbo Pearse warned that the development could result into a massive distruption of governance at this point in time when the citizens of the country expect a reprieve from the strangulating conditions of the economy.

According to him, the Senate would have no choice than to find means of fighting back, which he said may ultimately ground the government.

He is of the view that the situation may deteriorate if Saraki and Ekweremadu are eventually removed saying Saraki’s supporters in the Senate, with the backing of the PDP senators have a majority to cause any damage to the All Progressives Congress (APC) federal government.

But an activist, Comrade Debo Adeniran warned the legislators whom he said have not done anything since last year except taking care of their own interest not to try anything funny otherwise Nigerians will react angrily to their antics this time around.

He said with their non-performance, they don’t deserve to continue in the Senate or the house saying if the situation should continue, it is the masses that would suffer the consequences.

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