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9th NASS leadership: APC not opposed to its members lobbying PDP Senators, Reps

The All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday said it is not opposed to the ongoing lobbying of Senators-elect and members of the House of Representatives-elect by some of its members seeking principal offices in the 9th National Assembly.

It said it is a normal democratic practice world over to stretch hands across the divides.
It also said it will soon release its power sharing formula for the 9th House of Representatives.
The party made the clarifications in a statement signed by the national publicity secretary of the party, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu against the backdrop of ongoing lobbying of some members-elect of the National Assembly by Dr. Ahmed Lawan and Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, who are aspiring to be Senate President and the next Speaker.

Issa-Onilu said, the party had been inundated with reports of clandestine meetings and consultation. “We are inundated with reports of our members in the National Assembly holding consultations with members of the opposition over the election of leaders into the 9th National Assembly. “Let me state that our party has no objection to such consultations. It is a normal democratic practice world over to stretch hands across the divides.

“And contrary to some media reports, the actions of our members do not contradict the party’s position. APC has comfortable majority in both chambers, therefore; we have the number to produce the leadership.” He said.
The ruling party said it appreciated the fact that it would need a united and peaceful National Assembly to get things done.

“Democracy recognises the importance of the opposition especially when you do not have two-thirds which would be required at some very critical situations. For us as a ruling party, we understand that a stable and peaceful National Assembly would enhance our capacity to deliver more for the people of Nigeria.

“So the party is not averse to negotiation by Senator Ahmed Lawan and our other Senators-elect working to fulfill the position taken by our party.”It is important to note that one of the key considerations for adopting him as the party’s candidate for the Senate Presidency is his ability to carry everyone along.”

“On top of that, the party has confidence in him not to compromise the progressive ideology of APC. So clearly, Senator Ahmed Lawan is capable of conducting his negotiations within the prism of APC’s objectives”, the statement said. On Zoning and Leadership of House of Representatives, APC said it will soon release its power sharing formula in the chamber. The statement said: “Our party will soon release the zoning arrangements for the principal positions of the incoming 9th National Assembly.”The party will also make its position clear in the coming days on the principal positions in the House of Representatives” it said.

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