The ambition of Senator Oluremi Tinubu, lawmaker representing Lagos Central Senatorial District, to become the Deputy Senate President in the 9th National Assembly may not materialise as her husband, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), is opposed to the move.
According to Daily Independent findings, Tinubu is more interested in Lagos State producing the incoming Speaker of the House of Representatives, a position Femi Gbajabiamila, the incumbent Majority Leader of the House of Reps, is seriously eyeing.
Credible sources said it was impossible for Lagos State to produce both the Deputy Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives in the same dispensation.
Speaking on the latest development, our source, an elected member of the House of Representatives, said Tinubu was leaving no stone unturned in ensuring that what happened in June 2015 when the National Assembly elected their leaders did not repeat itself.
“It is likely that the APC will zone the speakership position to the South-West as they did in 2015, and our preferred candidate is Femi Gbajabiamila, the current Majority Leader.
“Asiwaju (Tinubu) is not really keen about his wife becoming the Deputy Senate President as this may jeopardise his desire to have Gbajabiamila occupy the position of speaker.”
Another party chieftain also said Tinubu had not discussed the issue of Senator Oluremi’s ambition with them, adding that “it is not feasible”.
“He is more interested in Lagos producing the speaker. As it stands, Remi Tinubu’s ambition to become Deputy Senate President is not feasible,” the party chieftain said.
In a related development, Prince Tony Momoh, a former Minister of Transport, on Tuesday said President Muhammadu Buhari would not interfere in the process of choosing leadership positions in the incoming National Assembly.
He said: “The fact is, there are three arms of government: the legislature, the executive, and the judiciary. Each has its own internal operations and operates independent of the other.
“There is the tendency for each one to aspire, develop, or evolve a personality of its own.
“In the National Assembly, you have all the parties coming together to make laws for the country.
“In the making of that law, they have their own ways of choosing their leaders. Nobody can impose leaders on them because, historically, imposed leaders never last.
“In 1999, when we came in as the ruling party (I was in PDP then), we had a preference for the late Chuba Okadigbo as Senate President.
“Unfortunately, someone that the then president, Olusegun Obasanjo, wanted emerged as president of the Senate.
“His name was Evan Enwerem. But because the lawmakers didn’t want him, it was just a matter of time before Okadigbo came.”