The Plateau State Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Hon Rufus Bature, has said that his party will not allow the speaker of the House of Assembly and the lone Young Progressives Congress (YPP) Member, Gabriel Dewang, to lead the house.
Daily Trust reports that after the Court of Appeal judgment sacking all the lawmakers on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the APC now has 22 out of the 24 seats in the house.
The chairman said the speaker, who emerged during the controversies surrounding the appellate court’s decisions, should not allow himself to be pushed to destroy his political career.
Recall that the embattled speaker on November 21, announced a two-month recess with the house scheduled to resume January 23, but the leadership of the APC rejected the decision, stressing that the house should reconvene to swear in the new lawmakers who are largely members of the APC.
Responding to whether or not the APC will allow Dewang to continue presiding over the assembly, the chairman told Daily Trust that, “It is very clear that in a democracy the majority always has its way and the minority will have their say too.
“Therefore, it would be ridiculous for a minority member, not even a minority leader, to lead the house because he does not have any other followership.
“The APC is aware of the statement made by the speaker that he is not going to swear in the new lawmakers until after the house reconvenes. Plateau is bigger than any individual. The interest of Plateau surpasses the interest of any individual.”