- Former Senate Leader, Senator Ali Ndume may be in for trouble with the ruling APC
- Ndume had opposed the adoption of Senator Ahmad Lawan as Senate president by the ruling party
- The APC has said it would invoke disciplinary measures on any member opposing or working against the decision of the party
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said it would invoke disciplinary measures on any of its members found opposing or working against the decision of the party on the choice of the National Assembly leadership.
The party's stance was made known by its national publicity secretary, Malam Lanre Issa-Onilu, after former Senate Leader, Senator Ali Ndume opposed the adoption of Senator Ahmad Lawan as Senate president by the APC.
Ndume (APC, Borno South) told newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday, March 26 that the disclosure by the APC national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole on Monday, March 25 endorsing Lawan as president of the 9th Senate and Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila as Speaker of the 9th House of Representatives was not only embarrassing but unconstitutional.
Speaking to ThisDay on the statement by Ndume, Issa-Onilu said any move to work against the choice of the party would attract sanctions.
He said the party does not expect any of its members to oppose its position on the zoning of leadership positions in legislative chambers.
His words: “If Ndume actually understands democracy, with due respect to the number of years he has spent in the National Assembly as a lawmaker, he should realise that we are practicing presidential system of government.
“That would amount to indiscipline and our party’s constitution is very clear on indiscipline. The party has taken a position and anybody we presented for election and who has won an election on the platform of the APC is duty bound, morally bound and status bound to comply with what the party has decided.
“When you go against that position of the party, it amounts to indiscipline and our rules are clear on the supremacy of the party.”
Explaining how the party arrived at the decision to endorse Lawan, Onilu said consultations were made at the highest level of the party’s leadership caucus.
He said that after consulting with top leaders, the party also had to present its position to the president for his input and advice.
According to him what happened was that all the leadership organs including the governors elected on the party platform were consulted before the decision to endorse Lawan was taken.
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Ndume had on Monday, March 25, formally wrote the national leadership of the 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 Oshiomhole, Ndume announced his intention to run for the office and sought the blessing of the party to contest for the position.
He 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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