- The APC has began moves to prevent the hijack of the National Assembly hierarchy by would lawmakers of the 9th Assembly
- The national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole ruled out the possibility of the ruling party sharing legislative powers with the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
- Oshiomhole said the APC would not allow the mistakes of 2015 to reoccur
The leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Monday, March 25, started making moves to prevent the hijack of the National Assembly hierarchy by would lawmakers of the 9th Assembly.
This moves also includes a diner by President Muhammadu Buhari with serving APC senators and senators-elect at the New Banquet Hall of the State House.
Also, the national chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, had a parley with House of Representatives members-elect at the Shehu Yar’Adua Centre in Abuja
The Nation reports that Oshiomhole ruled out the possibility of the ruling party sharing legislative powers with the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The national chairman of the ruling party said the APC would not allow the mistakes of 2015 to reoccur.
He said the party was not prepared to share principal offices and headship of critical committees with the PDP, except for positions reserved for minority members.
Oshiomhole told the lawmakers that Nigerians have reposed confidence in the APC, giving it overwhelming majority in the House and will use the numerical strength to its advantage.
He also said that Nigerians also succeeded in punishing 15 out out of the 16 senators who defected from the APC by not re-electing them.
“And that you have the numbers and we will use those numbers to ensure that we have a leadership that commands the trust and the respect of all the members of the House of Representatives," Oshiomhole said.
“There will be contestation; that is why we are in democracy, but after the contestation and debate, we have to agree, and once you have agreed, you move forward.
“We have the numbers to produce the Speaker and we will produce the Speaker who must be a member of the APC. We have the numbers to produce the Deputy Speaker and we will use the numbers to produce the Deputy Speaker, who must be a member of the APC. We have the number and we must use the number to elect a House Leader who must be a member of APC.
“We have the numbers and we will use the numbers to produce a Chief Whip and a Deputy Whip who must be members of the APC. I think the only position that we are not interested in is the Minority Leader. Let it remain minor in the hands of the minors in the opposition.
“We will not share power in the House of the Representatives and the leadership must ensure that critical committees that drive government are chaired only by APC members. If the Nigeria people wanted them to be chairmen of committees they would have voted for them," Oshiomhole added.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the former Senate leader, Senator Ali Ndume, on Monday, March 25, formally wrote the national leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) about his intention to vie for the office of Senate President when the 9th Senate is inaugurated in June.
In a two-page letter dated Monday, March 25 addressed to APC national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, Ndume announced his intention to run for the office and sought the blessing of the party to contest for the position.
The senator representing Borno south senatorial district, said he is throwing his hat into the ring believing that the Senate president position would be zoned to the north-east geo-political zone where he hails from.
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