- President Bola Tinubu did not ask lawmakers-elect to abide by the zoning formula of the ruling APC in respect of the coming 10th national assembly
- The president did not voice his support for a particular candidate or ask any lawmaker to step down for the other, according to a new report
- Some reports had claimed that President Tinubu directed all senators-elect and reps-elect to support the APC's anointed candidates
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FCT, Abuja - Ahead of the Tuesday, June 13, inauguration of the 10th National Assembly (NASS), some lawmakers-elect have quashed reports that President Bola Tinubu had at a meeting with them on Thursday, June 8, endorsed the zoning formula of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
According to some of the lawmakers-elect, the president only invited all of them, including aspirants, to work for the unity of the country, Vanguard reported.
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Sun Newspaper reported that the lawmakers-elect stressed that the president “did not voice his support for a particular candidate or asked any lawmaker to step down for the other.”
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Legit.ng had reported that President Tinubu, on Thursday, June 8, met with senators-elect and members of the House of Representatives-elect at the presidential villa.
Details of the meeting were not made official or public.
There had been reports in a section of the media that the president, on Thursday night, “made a strong appeal to the APC senators-elect and members-elect to abide by the zoning arrangement as announced by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party in electing presiding officers of the Senate and House of Representatives.”
Recall that the APC zoning formula has Senators Godswill Akpabio and Jibrin Barau for Senate president and deputy, while it has Tajudeen Abbas and Ben Kalu for House speakership and deputy.
But speaking against the reports, one of the member-elect for Enugu East/Isiuzo Federal Constituency, Professor Paul Nnamchi, said:
“He appealed that we should forget about party politics and face national interest. That was the major part of his speech.
“He didn’t mention anybody’s name to be voted for."
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Instead, Oshiomhole said Tinubu is looking forward to working with a robust legislature that can help to contribute to the success of his administration.