National Assembly leadership tussle: APC governors step in

National Assembly leadership tussle: APC governors step in

- APC governors are reportedly raising a team to meet with the party's lawmakers

- This is to help keep the party united ahead of the National Assembly leadership election

- The party hopes to prevent a repeat of what happened in 2015

Governors on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are reportedly planning to step in to help resolve the National Assembly leadership tussle within the party.

Although it was reported that the party has adopted Senate Leader, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, for Senate president, some other APC lawmakers have also shown interest in the position.

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Top on the list of opposition within the party include the chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Senator Danjuma Goje, and a former Senate Leader, Senator Ali Ndume

The Nation reports that the governors are raising a team to meet with Goje who is considered a favourite of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.

The governors are hoping to keep the party united before the June 6 National Assembly leadership process.

A top source said: “The APC governors have chosen to rally around the President to resolve issues surrounding the election of principal officers. They said it is obvious that the party cannot handle the tension alone.

“The main agenda is to ensure that our new members in the National Assembly go for inauguration in a more united manner. The governors do not want the party to play into the hands of the PDP this time around.

“As part of the first leg of consultations by the governors, a team is expected to meet with Goje this week to seek his understanding.

“This is a follow up to a similar meeting between the President and Goje, which was brokered by Governor Nasir el-Rufai.”

“The intervention will trickle down. The governors will meet with other aspirants like Sen. Ndume, and those seeking to vie for office of the Speaker.

“We have got to a stage that we need to put the interest of our government above personal interest.”

Another source added: “Goje has not said yes or no on his purported ambition. But we have reached out to him. Some ex-governors have also met with him on the need to work with the President and the party.”

Legit.ng earlier reported that a political group, Sustainable Democracy Agenda (SUDA), called for open balloting during the election of presiding officers of the 9th National Assembly.

Convener of the group, Malam Ibrahim Usman, stated this in a statement made available to journalists on Sunday, April 21 in Abuja.

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