As the Peoples Democratic Party muses over the sour grape of Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal’s defection, Majority Leader Mulikat Akande-Adeola believed two of her partymen, Deputy Speaker Emeka Ihedioha and the Deputy House Leader Leo Ogor, were complicit in the plot. Akande said she asked Ihedioha and Ogor if Tambuwal’s speculated defection was true before moving a motion for the House to adjourn till 3 December, but they dispelled it.
“At that point in the chamber, I didn’t feel anyhow but after he made his statement then I knew that there was something that must have been planned that I was not aware of,” Akande told NASS correspondents on Tuesday.
She also frowned at Tambuwal’s decision to keep in the dark in his defection plan.
Akande added that “if you know me very well, I deal with everyone on equal basis and I have a very open mind. I don’t think it would have been out of place for the speaker to even tell me he was moving . I don’t think that would have been out of place.
“The only thing would have been may be to ask him a few questions and all that. We are colleagues in the House. We represent different constituencies.
“What is good for him may not be good for me. He has his reasons for doing whatever he has done. But I would have expected that I was told no matter what. So, that is just it.”
Akande said she was overruled when she opposed the lengthy adjournment at a meeting of the House principal officers.
Defending the allegation, Ogor demanded for a proof that he had foreknowledge of the plan.
“I was not aware. He who alleges must show proof,” he also told journalists.