As the leadership crisis between the All Progressives Congress, APC and National Assembly lawmakers continues, it appears that the House of Representatives might elect their principle officers through election.
Both the Yakubu Dogara’s camp and the Femi Gbajabiamila’s group have refused to shift grounds despite the intervention of the Peace Committee headed by Sokoto State governor, Aminu Tambuwal.
While lawmakers loyal to the Dogara camp maintained that the letter written by the party’s national chairman was neither approved by the National Working Committee, NWC nor the National Executive Council, NEC of the party.
They frown that not even the House caucuses were consulted before the letter, allocating the various principal positions, was drafted, the lawmakers in the camp of Gbajabiamila, who called themselves loyal party members, are insisting that the House must obey the directive of the party as regards the four principal offices.
In their meeting with Sokoto State governor, the lawmakers in Gbaja group stuck to their guns that the sharing of the positions will remain the way the party originally zoned them. Both camps, however, agreed that the last resort would be to conduct elections to pick the House leaders.
Nigerian Pilot Sunday gathered that the stalemate in the discussions to reconcile the two sides only pointed to the possibility of conducting caucus elections to elect the majority leader, deputy majority leader, chief whip and deputy whip of the House.
The group led by Gbajabiamila had insisted that any considerations outside the recommendation of the APC’s leadership on the sharing of the seats would not be entertained by its members.
It would be recalled that the National Chairman of the party, John Odigie-Oyegun had earlier written to the Speaker of the House, Hon. Yakubu Dogara that the South-West should produce the Majority Leader; North-West, Deputy Leader; North-East, Chief Whip and South-South, Deputy Whip.
“That is where we stand; there is no other suggestion or purported agreement that is acceptable to us.We have made this point clear enough many times,” the group stated.