Aminu Waziri Tambuwal
I have never for once felt there is any threat to the job of House of Representatives Speaker Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, aka AWT, despite the alleged remonstration of some lawmakers who christen themselves Transparency Network. I feel this way because Tambuwal and Emeka Ihedioha’s leadership derive from the collective, from the majority of the House members, not from some outside interest. It’s when presiding officers of the National Assembly are installed from outside their two chambers that they birth problems, as the leader would seek to pander to the interest of those who installed him and not the interest of his colleagues.
There had been instances where some National Assembly leaders were foisted on the lawmakers from outside and this of course engendered incessant leadership change. Reports had it that the Transparency Network, a group of House members, was rooting for Tambuwal’s removal over alleged fraudulent deals in the purchase of 400 Toyota Camry cars for the lawmakers.
Fine, this is an allegation that could either be true or false. The House members fingered in the impeachment plot were expected to come forward to substantiate their allegation on the floor of the House as the lawmakers reconvened on Wednesday. Alas, they were nowhere to be found to give vent to their accusation and make their move. In the end, an impeachment move became a confidence vote on Tambuwal. But let no one be deceived, this is how impeachment moves start in the National Assembly for those familiar with events in the two chambers.
Those behind the move and their sponsors may have decided to go underground to re-strategise and launch another move at a later date. For Tambuwal and Ihedioha, however, the way to go is to be seen by all to be transparent in running the affairs of the House and to continue to work in the interest of the people who elected them and their colleagues who powered them to the House leadership.