The Edo state governor, Adams Oshiomhole has said the ongoing crisis rocking the National Assembly would soon be a thing of the past.
Speaking on Monday, July 27, with State House correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, alongside Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi state, Oshiomhole said the meeting they had with the warring Senators on Sunday evening was useful, Punch reports.
The goverenor said they met with Buhari to brief him on how their meeting with the Senators went.
The National Assembly has been embroiled in crisis following the emergence of Bukola Saraki as Senate president against the choice of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ahmed Lawan.
In a bid to resolve the crisis, the party had chosen Oshiomhole and Bagudu to mediate between the warring Senators.
According to Governor Oshiomhole, their intervention was just to ensure that there would be an all-inclusive leadership in the National Assembly.
He said: “I feel the position now is ‘look how do you ensure that having elected this two (Senate President and his Deputy), that the remaining position that are within the discretion of the APC caucus in the Senate are distributed in a way as to give the other group that were shut out of the process a sense of belonging?’”
“We are convinced that a winner-takes-all in this case won’t work and building peace is making concession and power works better when it acknowledges that even the person who is powerless has a right to exist.
“My brother (Bagudu) and I spent some time with the senators last night (Sunday) and we had what I think was a useful conversation. We have come today to report to the President what transpired at the meeting and make few suggestions to him and I think for me there is light, as they say, at the end of the tunnel.”
The governor stated that the APC has what it takes to resolve the issues it was having in the National Assembly so they can have a united APC Senate caucus that is ready to support the change agenda as the President is committed to and work along with PDP.
Lending his voice, Governor Bagudu said the APC caucus members in the Senate were craving a solution to end the crisis, which is the most important thing.
Just like some APC members are against Saraki’s emergence as Senate president, they are also against the emergence of Yakubu Dogara as speaker of the House of Representatives.
Despite reports that some key members of the APC group known as the Loyalist Group have reached a truce, others have said the leadership tussle in the House is far from over, adding that no agreement has been reached.