Members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara state have urged their colleagues from the Lagos state chapter to stop making unguarded comments on the election of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara.
Earlier this week, Lagos APC called on the leadership of the party to punish Saraki and Dogara, regretting that Senate president could jump into bed with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in his desperation for power.
Reacting to the uninformed comment, Sulyman Buhari, the publicity secretary of APC in Kwara, issued a statement on June 10, Premium Times reports.
The secretary stressed that Lagos APC could not recommend disciplinary actions against the Senate president and the speaker without citing a provision of the constitution.
“We advise the spokesman of Lagos APC to allow his comments to be guided by the Law and constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria rather than by emotions and sentiments.
“And for the information of Nigerians, the spokesman of Lagos APC is on his own as we can authoritatively confirm that his sentiments and vituperation are not reflective of the position of Lagos APC on the inauguration of 8th National Assembly.
“The good news is that in Nigeria today, the Senate President and the Speaker of House of Representatives are members of our great party, the All Progressives Congress.
“It is expected that all leaders and members of our party support the duo of Senate President Saraki and Speaker Dogara to foster cordial relationship between the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration and National Assembly, rather than an inordinate attempt to cause crises and instability.
“Meanwhile, it is a misrepresentation of fact and truth that the ascension of Senator Saraki as the Senate President was a PDP affair. The few Nigerians who have been portraying the emergence of the new Senate President as a PDP affair should be cautious. The actual fact, which nobody or propaganda can hide, is that Senator Saraki emerged Senate President with the support of Senators across political parties,” the statement read in part.
Meanwhile, there are indications that the APC may introduce sanctions against Atiku Abubakar, the former vice-president of Nigeria, and Aminu Tambuwal, the governor of Sokoto state, over the outcome of the National Assembly elections.