- Peter Akpatason said loyal APC members of the |House of representatives will do the needful about its leadership
- The lawmaker insisted that legal route will be taken in their action
- He said the speaker should not come from another party
Peter Akpatason, representing Akoko-Edo in the House of Representatives, says loyal members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the house will carry out the party’s instruction on Speaker Yakubu Dogara.
Akpatason spoke to journalists in Benin on Wednesday, October 3, against the backdrop of the recent defection of the speaker to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He said that when the house reconvened, “the needful” would be done regarding the leadership of both chambers of the National Assembly.
The lawmaker however emphasised that whatever that would be done to address the issue, would be according the law of land.
According to the former NUPENG president, it is an aberration for a member of another political party to continue to be speaker of the house of the representatives.
“We, as party loyalists, will carry out any instruction we get from the party. We will study the situation when we get back. Whatever the situation is will be what we will react to. We cannot be happy to have a speaker that belongs to another party. It is an aberration and has to be treated as such,” he said.
Speaking on the ongoing APC primaries, Akpatason, who is seeking a return ticket to the House of Representatives, said his constituent were in support of his third term bid.
According him, the postponement of the party’s primaries for the NASS would make the aspirants to lose money. He said that any money already given out for “logistics” would not be returned when elections were postponed.
The lawmaker also warned the APC leadership against manipulation of the party’s primaries. He noted that direct primaries was not prone to manipulation like the indirect primaries in which delegates could be bribed.
According to him, whoever is planning to manipulate the primaries does not love the party hence the need to watch out for moles.
“Such a person wants the APC to lose in the main election. If this election is manipulated, chances of the APC winning the general elections will be slim. In a situation where you sit down and select people based on sentiments and not on individual popularity and ability to win elections, people will have other options," he added
Meanwhile, Bukola Saraki, the Senate president and Yakubu Dogara, the speaker of the House of Representatives, were both absent at Eagle Square Abuja where the nation’s 58th Independence anniversary is being celebrated by dignitaries and many elder state men.
Those present at the parade are President Muhammadu Buhari and his vice, Yemi Osinbajo, Walter Onnoghen, the chief justice of Nigeria, and former head of state and Yakubu Gowon, among many other top public figures, Premium Times reports.
The all-important national ceremony will witness a parade of the nation’s military officials and a photo exhibition showing Nigerian history and an independence day dinner.
Whereas efforts to speak with Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki's spokesperson, proved unsuccessful, the spokesperson of Dogara, Turaki Hassan, said he has no idea if his boss was invited to the event or why he is not attending.
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