By Akinwale Kasali
The ruling political party, All Progressives Congress, APC, is presently swimming in trouble waters over it’s imposition of principal officers into the national assembly.
There are some anointed candidates by the top chieftain of the party to become the Senate President and the Speaker of the house of Representatives, but this not augur well with some other members of the assembly from the party also eyeing the top seat in the assembly.
Following this development, trouble is looming for APC as some members are battle ready to slug it out with the “so called” anointed candidates for the coveted seats.
Honourable member representing Ijebu North/Ijebu East/Ogun Waterside at the 8th Nigeria National Assembly and re-elected at the recent concluded House of representatives election for the second time, Hon. Adekoya Abdel-Majid Adesegu said it is dangerous for the APC leadership to impose any member to become principal officers in the assembly on members.
“If they try to impose any one on us they will fail. In as much, I am a free minded person that loves freedom much, for that I will give you your own freedom, provided your freedom is not going to infringe in my own freedom. The house will not allow. Each of our consents should be seek”, he said.
Rep. Adekoya Abdel-Majid went further to emphasise the distinct between the lower chamber which he belongs, and upper chamber, whom he decribed as big men with big cash who are not ready to fight for anything, unlike them, who are always battle-ready for any legal tussle.
He says, “they are full of billionaires who are not ready to fight for anything but we, at the lower chamber are always ready to fight it off. We never shunned away from any legal fights”.
He added, ” All we are just doing now, is just mere child’s play. When we are ready, then politics will come into play. Everybody love freedom. If you want to talk to me, better come to me and talk with me, not giving me instructions. I have freedom to take some certain decision as a member elected to represent my people “, he stated.
It is of note that not only Hon. Abdel-Majid being the only PDP candidate who won election at the state, but is also widely known as a grass root politician who have been in politics for long to understand the terrain of politicking.
Asked why he continues winning elections, while others are losing, he says, ” Because I know my people and my people know me. Even when they are offered money, they went ahead and voted for me. Because I am representing them well”.
Abdel-Majid joined grass-root politics leaving his banking career, and was elected Councillor of Ward F2 in Somolu Local Government in 1996.
Through out my political career so far, I have never been selected but elected. That shows how electable I have been”.
Hon. Abdel-Majid started his political career when he was elected and served as a Supervisory Councillor at the Somolu Local Government area of Lagos state, later to be elected as Vice Chairman of the same Local Government.