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Law of Karma and APC’s National Assembly Crisis Featured

Saturday, 03 October 2015 00:00 Written by  Published in Politics Read 478 times




That the federal government in Nigeria is not enjoying harmony between the executive and the legislature is a result of the seed sown by the present ruling APC when it was in the opposition. Umoru Ibrahim writes 



Human existence is governed by one fundamental law in creation. This is law of karma. In common parlance, it is interpreted as law of retributive justice, law of cause and effect and that of appropriate spiritual response to human actions, both negative and positive.


In the two conventional religions in our midst, references are conspicuously made to the fact that man possesses no ability to escape the consequences of the actions he deliberately carried out. Thus, in Christendom, the scripture authoritatively reminds the believers that ‘as they sow shall they reap’, while in Islamic religion, the Qur’an makes it abundantly clear that “so whoever does an atom’s weight of good  will see it, and whoever does an atom’s weight of evil will see it”. This law has remained and it constantly manifest in human activities on a regular bases.


It is amazing however to observe that in this part of the world, we pretend to be strict adherents of various religions, while due to a combined factors of ignorance and recalcitrant attitude, we hardly take cognizance of this law that inevitably guard our conducts. That is why whenever we sink like sediment as a result of evil consequences of our evil actions, we are seldom ready to take responsibility for our actions.


Taking this as a base-line, one can’t but see the war among APC members in the National Assembly over who gets what and how, as a true manifestation of the working of law of Karma. Today, the euphoria and high degree of expectation which greeted the party’s victory at poll are rapidly consumed by the fire of power struggle among the political demagogues in the party.


Unless we are in hurry to forget, we should see the APC war in the National Assembly as reminiscence and a replica of Aminu Tabuwal’s rebellion against former President Goodluck’s administration. It was a known fact that in order to scuttle the required synergy between the executive and the lower legislative arm of Jonathan’s government, what is today referred to as Tambuwal’s rebellion, which arguably marked the beginning of major crises in PDP was carefully planned and executed by Ahmed Tinubu and his co travelers in APC.


The then ruling party had, in line with its zoning formula, selected Mulikat Akande to be the Speaker of House of Representatives. But this objective was frustrated by the conspiratorial activities of some disloyal members of PDP with APC, with Ahmed Tinubu as an arrow head.  Hon. Femi Gbajamiabila who has failed woefully to clinch the post of speaker now was the head of the foot soldiers mobilized by Tinubu and APC to install Aminu Tabuwal who was, from all indications, a mole in the party.


Thus, Tabuwal’s emergence as speaker was designed to concretize and sustain internal opposition within the then ruling party. Of course, it yielded the desired result as his coming expectedly punctured the balloon of peace that hitherto existed in the PDP and Goodluck’s administration.


This manipulation, which made it impossible for Mulikat to clinch the speakership also helped Tinubu and his men to sustain their accusation of Jonathan’s administration of marginalizing the west. By so doing, Tinubu denied the western zone the opportunity to produce a speaker, provided it satisfied his political interest.


Expectedly, as a man who is an expert in what  J.J. Rousseau described as substituting justice in conducts for instinct by giving actions the moral quality that they obviously lack, Tinubu elaborately celebrated the huge political benefit emerging from the rebellion. To the stakeholders of rebellion, Tabuwal’s action of disobeying his party was a true manifestation of democracy in action. To most APC members, Aminu Tabuwal’s  speakership, which was largely sponsored by their members in the lower house based on the directive of their party leader, deserved to be celebrated as, according to them, it is an undeniable sign of maturity of the nation’s democracy.  Besides, all of Tambuwal’s recalcitrant activities clearly designed to undermine the relevance of Jonathan’s presidency and PDP were not only welcome but heavenly praised by the leaders of APC. In fact, though it was obvious that Tambuwal’s action was outrightly an anti-party move and therefore represented a counterfeit of democratic reality, he was adjudged by Tinubu and his party men and women as a man whose conducts symbolized true democracy. Expectedly, Tambuwal, like the five rebel governors, finally decamped to APC.


It was amazing that while all these orchestrated actions were being masterminded against the PDP, little did Tinubu and his party men realize that the day you preside over another person’s judgment is the day you preside over yours. Granted, the ultimate end of these manipulations is power. And granted, this power has been acquired by APC. The far reaching question now is what to do with the power, especially now that the day of reckoning has come and the law of karma has manifested beyond proportion.


Truly speaking, no event has of late justified the biblical injunction that as you sow shall you reap like the current war among APC members in the National Assembly. In the hey days of PDP, members of APC were mobilized in collaboration with disgruntled members of PDP by Ahmed Tinubu and his men using Gbajamiabila as an  arrow-head to prevent the emergence of a speaker who would ensure  harmonious relationship with the executive and the party.


But as nemesis will have it today, less than a month of this administration, we do not need a soothsayer to tell us that the expected smooth relationship between the National Assembly and the party on one hand, and the executive on the other is dead at arrival. This is so because the two men currently heading the two chambers of the assembly were candidates whose emergence were supported neither by the party nor the presidency. Although, the president is pretending to be ready to work with whoever emerged as the leader of the National Assembly, his body language is suggestive of the fact that the present leaders are not his preferred candidates to lead the legislative arm of his government.


Moreover, the circumstances surrounding the election of Senator Bukola Saraki as Senate President and Mr Yakubu Dogara as speaker of House of representative as well as the post-election crises that has snowballed into physical combat has already boxed the party into a corner where the synergy needed to run a successful administration will remain a mirage. And looking at the stalemate permeating the reconciliatory efforts of Dogara and Saraki with the party, it is obvious that the entire leadership hierarchy of the National Assembly, including chairmen of committees will fall into the hands of camp whose objective is diametrically opposed to that of the party and the executive arm of the government.   


This will hardly make us believe that the APC administration is dead at arrival, as far as executive-legislature relation is concerned, though, the temptation is there. What is however obvious is that the party is getting its fair share of law of Karma as it is reaping what it sowed.


Last modified on Saturday, 03 October 2015 05:54

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