- APC chieftain, Yekini Nabena, has urged the party's leadership to get involved in choosing the leaders of the 9th National Assembly
- Nabena advised the ruling party's leaders to roll-out zoning arrangements for the leadership positions in the incoming federal legislature
- He also alleged that there are plots by opposition party members to hijack the leadership of the 9th National Assembly
The deputy national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Yekini Nabena, advised the ruling party's leaders to roll-out zoning arrangements for the leadership positions in the incoming 9th National Assembly.
Nabena urged the APC leaders to carry out the action while speaking to journalists on Tuesday, March 19 in Abuja.
He also alleged that there are plots by opposition party members to hijack the leadership of the 9th National Assembly
According to him, the outgoing Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and the minority Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus are scheming to decide the leadership of the Senate and House of Representatives.
The plans, according to Nabena is also in tandem with what he called "Otta farm," even as he warning his ruling party to avoid the repeat of what happened in 2015.
Both incumbent Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara emerged Senate President and Speaker against the party's wish in the outgoing 8th National Assembly.
He alleged that the outgoing Senate President and the PDP have devised plans to ensure that their loyalists take control of the legislative arm of government.
His words: “The outgoing Senate President and the PDP caucus have begun surreptitious move to lure some new APC lawmakers with juicy committee position in return for their support for the PDP choice for the leadership of the Senate and House of Representatives.
“Already, Saraki’s henchman, Dino Melaye and some other returning PDP federal lawmakers have scheduled meetings with some APC lawmakers from Wednesday to Sunday in a yet-to-be announced venue.”
While calling for urgent intervention by the APC leadership, Nabena said: “It is important that the APC leadership meet and urgently roll-out a fair zoning arrangement to ensure that we produce our preferred candidates for all leadership positions in the incoming National Assembly.
“Since Saraki lost his bid to return to the Senate and control of his home state, Kwara, he has devised a plan to ensure that he influences the choice of the incoming National Assembly leadership. This is Saraki’s last-ditch effort to remain politically relevant.”
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Meanwhile, there are recent media reports that indicates that the APC may have settled for some key members of the party to lead the incoming federal legislature.
The party is said to be intent on avoiding its mistake that led to leadership crisis in the outgoing 8th National Assembly, and its leaders are putting heads together to select their choice of candidates for leadership positions in the federal legislature.
Several meetings have been held in Abuja to get the APC hierarchy to zero in on trusted legislators it feels would make the job of President Muhammadu Buhari, who now has a second term of four years, easier.
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