As the members-elect of the National Assembly set to elect their presiding and principal officers in the senate and the House of Representatives today, the national chairman of the governing All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief John Oyegun has warned the party’s incoming lawmakers to respect the decision collectively taken on the election in the interest of peace.
Speaking at a press conference in Abuja Monday, Oyegun said that the members elected on the APC’s platform had already taken a decision on whom to elect as Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
According to him, the incoming lawmakers out of their own volition on Saturday last week organized a mock election that produced Senator Ahmed Lawan (Yobe State) as candidate for the senate president and Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila from Lagos State as the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
He reminded the lawmakers that the party provided the platform upon which they got elected and not the other way round.
Admitting that APC has had unpalatable predictions about its survival since its formation as a political party, the chairman stated that they would continue to overcome.
He said: “I want to appeal to APC members of the National Assembly, both Senate and the House of Representatives to please respect the party, the views of the party and the decision that they themselves took in selecting the persons that will be presented to the National Assembly as presiding officers: the House of Representatives level, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila and at the Senate level, Distinguished Senator Ahmed Lawan.
“I want to make it quite clear that all the party did was to provide the platform for all elected members of the party only. No other person joined them in stating their preferences. It is still left for the house itself to elect their own leaders and the house is made up of both APC and non non members.
“But we, the APC thought rightly in my view that we should provide a platform for our members of the National Assembly to state their preferences for the key offices in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. This they have freely done by themselves in the presence of the party leadership and almost the entire NWC.