Senator representing Niger East Senatorial District, Senator David Umaru has urged the All Progressives Congress, APC to accept the election of National Assembly principal officers.
Umaru made the disclosure at a press briefing yesterday in Minna, saying that although the party supremacy is unquestionable, APC as a party should concentrate on building its machinery and work towards getting more members so as to manage its victory for more exploit at future elections.
The lawmaker stressed that the party should understand the constitutional roles of the legislature as the second arm of government, and thus urged the party to do less of interfering in its activities so as to allow members the independence constitutional leverage to elect those they want to lead them.
The senator called for understanding of the National Assembly and Nigerians to end the ongoing assembly crisis, stressing: “We are tired of the crisis; we want to work because Nigerians want change and we must be seen to be working together. Let’s put our house in order to work in the interest of the country, only one person can be senate president, everybody cannot be there,” he stated.
He added that he has no issue to join with the party but should differentiate between party activities and assembly activities as enshrined in chapter 2 of the 1999 constitution of Nigeria as amended, assuring that, “I cannot be gagged, nobody can stop me from speaking for my constituency, it is hypocrisy if the party should do that.”
He insisted that there is no fair sharing of positions amongst the three senatorial political zones in the state as Zone B remains maginalized and short charged, maintaining that he never retracted the statement: “I have never made a statement and retracted it. I do not see any reason why I should make this statement and retract it.”
He condemned the appointment of the Secretary to State Government, SSG who he said is not an APC member, explaining that he worked against the party at the last polls, and came from the same place with the governor, saying this very unfortunate.

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