APC Suffers A Fresh Crisis Over Principal Senate Posts

APC Suffers A Fresh Crisis Over Principal Senate Posts

The All Progressives Congress (APC) is suffering a new crisis over the principal Senate posts of the Senate leader, the deputy Senate leader, the chief whip and the deputy chief whip, according to The Punch.

One of the north-central senators on condition of anonymity said: "While the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, is believed to have recommended to the APC National Working Committee (NWC) that the positions be allocated to the zones, some leaders of the party, especially those from the South-West, want them filled by the party’s hierarchy."

He also warns that if the issue was not quickly resolved, the Senate and the APC might face another round of crisis bigger than that which resulted from Saraki’s election as the Senate president.

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An anonymous source, who is loyal to Saraki states:  "The Senate President, had after wide consultations, suggested how the officers to occupy these posts could be appointed. He suggested the allocation of the four principal offices to some of the geopolitical zones. But some leaders, who are still angry with his (Saraki) emergence, turned down his suggestion. Some of the influential leaders from the South-West are insisting that the party should fill the offices. This is in spite of the fact that the chairman of our party (John Odigie-Oyegun) and other members of the NWC are in support of allocating the principal offices to zones.The South-West leaders are even saying that allowing the party leadership to fill the offices, remained the only way to allow peace to reign in the Senate.”

The senator confirms that some APC leaders were insisting that the party should nominate the senators who would occupy the four principal offices.

He said: “By the Senate tradition, the party in majority normally sends the offices to the zones where the Senate caucuses would meet and choose among themselves in the zone, who occupies the offices. Some other leaders of the party are claiming that asking the party to produce the principal officers was a smart way to impose the Senate leader, the deputy Senate leader, the chief whip and the deputy chief whip on the Senate."

The source disclosed that a very influential leader of the party from the South-West had allegedly written to Odigie- Oyegun to say that the leaders would fill the positions. However, some senators had already met with some NWC members asking them to ignore the letter.

Lai Mohammed, the national publicity secretary of the party, refused to comment.

Source: Legit.ng

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