- President Muhammadu Buhari reportedly favours two APC lawmakers to lead the next session of the National Assembly
- The two names are given as Ahmad Lawan for Senate president and Femi Gbajabiamila for speaker of the House of Representatives
- While Ahmad Lawan is from Yobe, Gbajabiamila is a representative from Lagos
President Muhammadu Buhari may have approved the candidacies of Ahmad Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila as the next Senate president and the speaker of the House of Representatives respectively.
The Cable reports that the National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) also met with the newly elected APC members in the House of Representatives on Monday, March 25, over the same issue.
It is learnt that the Lawan and Gbajabiamila are currently leaders of the APC caucus in their respective chambers and that both of them enjoy the support of the president to lead the National Assembly’s ninth session.
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In 2015, the duo made attempts to lead the National Assembly but their ambitions did not succeed as Lawan was upstaged by Bukola Saraki while Yakubu Dogara took over as the speaker of the House of Representatives.
Dogara is currently returning to the House on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, in which case, he would be an opposition member.
Lawan had earlier said concerning the next leadership of the National Assembly: “We are not in any way thinking that we will have crises; it is not what we are envisaging at all. But let me say that our party, the APC, must have learnt its lessons, and therefore, the party leadership will do something differently this time.”
Legit.ng earlier reported that Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Monday, March 25, insisted that the party is not ready to share power with the opposition in the National Assembly.
The national chairman said the APC will not allow what happened in 2015 to reoccur in 2019 as the party will need a collaborative legislature to provide good governance to the people.
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Oshiomhole disclosed this while meeting with incoming lawmakers on the platform of the APC.
Going further, he said that the party leadership will carry out extensive consultation with the president and leadership of the party at all level to arrive at a zoning formula that will be acceptable to all members and the party.
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