Published On: Mon, Apr 15th, 2019

9th NASS: We’re not Opposed To Lobbying PDP Senators, Reps – APC

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By Muhammed Umar Puma

The All Progressives Congress, APC has said that inter party consultations among parliamentarians for the selection of principal officers for the National Assembly is a normal democratic practice and that the ruling party has no objection to it.
The National Publicity Secretary of the APC , Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu gave this indication in a statement in Abuja yesterday.
He said the APC has been inundated with reports of its members in the National Assembly holding consultations with members of the opposition over the election of leaders into the 9th National Assembly, hence this clarification.
“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.
“But democracy recognises the importance of the opposition. Especially when you do not have two-third 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 fulfil the position taken by our party,” the APC spokesman said.
He added that “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.”
On zoning and Leadership of the House of Representatives, he said the APV 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,” he said.

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