The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is now in charge of the leadership of the National Assembly and, save for a change of the current presiding officers, the party will determine the legislative direction of the parliament for the next nine months.
The eventual takeover of the legislative arm of government by the PDP became possible yesterday with the defection of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the PDP.
Dogara’s defection to the PDP came barely two months after Senate President Bukola Saraki ditched APC for the PDP. Saraki doubles as the chairman of the National Assembly while Dogara is the deputy.
With this development, three out of the four presiding officers of the National Assembly are now in PDP. Saraki, Dogara and Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu belong to one fold while Deputy Speaker of the House, Hon. Sulaiman Lasun Yusuf, is a lone APC member at the top leadership level.