- Prince Adeyeye has warned APC against the mistake of 2015 in the selection of NASS leadership
- The Ekiti senator-elect said the ruling party must come as a united entity and present a loyal candidate as the Senate president
- The former PDP spokesperson further added that all eyes are on APC on how it would break its 2015 nightmare when newly elected lawmakers resume
Senator-elect, Prince Adedayo Adeyeye, has admonished the All Progressive Congress (APC) to unanimously field in a single candidate for the position of the Senate president in order to prevent the mistake of 2015.
Speaking ahead of June when the leadership of the 9th National Assembly will be inaugurated, the former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)'s spokesperson warned that it is high time the ruling party came as a united force and entrusted a loyal party member with the position.
Legit.ng gathers that the senator-elect was speaking against the backdrop of different grumbles that trailed the endorsement of Senator Ahmed Lawan as the 9th Senate president by the APC.
Recall that upon the announcement of Lawan as the party's preferred candidate, Senator Ali Ndume (Borno) and Mohammed Danjuma Goje (Gombe) kicked against the decision with both also eyeing the prestigious position.
Reacting, Adeyeye, who defeated the current minority leader, Biodun Olujimi, for Ekiti South senatorial district, said he believed the party's supremacy will prevail.
According to him, APC has the majority and all eyes are on the party on how it will break its 2015 nightmare following growing insinuation that aggrieved senators may team up with their PDP counterparts.
He said: “My party should do everything possible within its powers not to allow PDP to take advantage of the situation by presenting only one candidate for Senate president on the floor of the Senate on the day of inauguration.
“The two ranking senators have the right to say they want to be Senate president as long as they are APC members, more so when the position has been zoned to their area.
“However, I think we can always find a compromise. It is a matter of give and take. I think the leadership of the party in the country should do well to assuage the feelings of those who might not have been favoured in the selection process by inviting them and letting them see reason the interest of the party is more important than individual interests.
“When we fight for and protect the collective interests, individual privileges and interests can still be met."
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Adeyeye, who also noted the right of the individuals to aspire, said it would be an act of sheer betrayal for any senator vying for the seat to give the slot of the deputy Senate president to the opposition. He said it is time lawmakers stopped such "an unholy collaboration".
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, said the deputy Senate president for the 9th Senate might emerge from the south south region.
Oshiomhole, speaking on Sunday, April 7, said except for the Senate president and speaker of the House of Representatives, which have been settled, other NASS positions were yet to be zoned.
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