NASS leadership tussle: APC begins talks with aggrieved lawmakers, zones

NASS leadership tussle: APC begins talks with aggrieved lawmakers, zones

- APC has reportedly started addressing the crisis sprouting out of the National Assembly leadership zoning

- The ruling party is reportedly considering using the remaining leadership positions in the two chambers of the National Assembly to resolve the crisis

- Recall that APC has zoned the positions of Senate president and speaker of the House of Representatives to the northeast and southwest zones respectively

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has reportedly begun talks with members of the party who are aggrieved over the zoning of the Senate president and the speaker of House of Representatives.

According to ThisDay, the ruling party has concluded arrangements to use the remaining leadership positions in the two chambers of the National Assembly to resolve the crisis.

The national chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole, and other top leaders of the party have reportedly started meeting stakeholders from various zones to negotiate on the settlement deals.

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Citing an anonymous source, ThisDay reports that the APC is exploring options of trading off some positions in return to sustaining the solidarity of its members in the National Assembly ahead of the formal inauguration of the new government.

The source reportedly said the party had to resort to the new tactics when it became obvious that threats of sanctions and even use of governors to get ambitious members to toe party lines would not work.

“We are deliberately delaying the zoning of the remaining positions to allow room for further negotiations. We intend to use some of these positions for trade off in order to ensure that the party remained united on the inauguration day,” he was quoted to have said.

The remaining positions are the deputy Senate president, Senate majority leader, deputy majority leader, chief whip and deputy, deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, majority leader, deputy majority leader, chief whip and deputy chief whip.

Recall that APC has zoned the positions of Senate president and speaker of the House of Representatives to the northeast and southwest zones respectively.

The ruling party also endorsed Senator Ahmed Lawan and and Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila as its candidates for the Senate president and the speakership position respectively.

However, some APC legislators rejected the party’s move and have vowed to contest for the positions.

Some of the party's stakeholders from other zones also voiced their discontent over the decision of the party to micro zone the affected positions.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the senator representing Borno south district in the National Assembly, Mohammed Ali Ndume, said he won't compromise the independence of the Senate if elected its president in the forthcoming inauguration of the 9th Senate.

Ndume said he wants to lead the 9th Senate in order to help galvanise the National Assembly to do more for good governance, stressing that the upper chamber needs an articulate personality from the northeast to lead it.

He made the comments at a media parley in Lagos on Sunday, May 5. He said the northeast had suffered huge devastation with property worth over N2 trillion destroyed by insurgents, adding that there is need for an articulate candidate from the geo-political zone for the position of Senate president, to mobilise global support for the restoration of the area.

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