NASS Crisis: Dogara, Lasun, Aregbesola, Oyegun in closed door meeting

NASS Crisis: Dogara, Lasun, Aregbesola, Oyegun in closed door meeting

Yvonne Williams

Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yusuf Lasun may have been pressured by his State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, to resign his position to foster peace in the Green chamber.

This idea was said have been discussed at a closed door meeting of the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief John Oyegun with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola and Lasun at the APC national secretariat, yesterday.

It was also the first time such a high profile meeting of the political gladiators would be held since the emergence of Dogara and Lasun as speaker and deputy speaker of the House on June 9.

Both men defiantly went for the House leadership election upon the inauguration of the 8th National Assembly.

APC as a party had through a mock election in Abuja on June 6 endorsed the candidatures of Hon. Femi Gabajabiamila and Hon. Mohammed Mong-unu for the positions. But both were roundly beaten in the election.

The duo also aspired for a place in the principal officers positions of the House later to no avail.

Since then, the House has not known peace and has adjourned two times, but is ready to resume on July 28 to conclude the leadership elections.

Similarly, APC on its part had been rattled amid fruitless efforts to resolve the matter.

One of those efforts, it was gathered was to get leaders to resign their positions.

But while that of Dogara appeared impossible, it was gathered that unprecedented pressure had been mounted on Lasun. To this end, the APC leadership subtly involved his state governor to prevail on him.

His resignation, it was learned, was to show loyalty to the national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu who had apparently been perturbed by the emergence of Doagra and Lasun against Gbajabiamila and Monguno who were “his candidates”.


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