The controversial outcome of the mock elections conducted by the leadership of the #ruling All Progressives Congress for her #Senate President and House of Representatives Speaker contenders has officially brought to limelight the deep-rooted crisis that has plagued the party following their successful showing at the 2015 general elections.
Though the leadership of the party has always downplayed issues of crisis within their ranks and the supporters of the #APC have equally turning blind eyes away from the obvious lingering crisis that has remained unresolved, it appears the sudden unity that enabled the party to wrestle power from the Peoples Democratic Party has been cast aside.
The #leadership of the APC has consistently made efforts to promote unity withing their ranks; but their latest attempt at resolving the crisis in the party over the election of the eighth National Assembly leadership has not been successful.
Some APC lawmakers-elect, at a meeting with the leaders of the party on Saturday, opposed the election of the House Minority Leader, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, as the party’s sole candidate for the speakership of the lower chamber, The Punch reported.
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A member of the Dogara group, #Abdulmumuni Jibrin, who spoke to journalists after they staged a walk-out, said the party leadership failed to see reason with their argument that the election of speaker was the business of members of the House not the party.
He said, “The election of the House Speaker is not an exclusivity of the APC, but include all members from all political parties.
“Initially, the chairman agreed to halt the process but one hour later the National Vice-Chairman (North), #Senator Lawal Shuaibu came up and said the process must go on whether we liked it or not.
“Our position is that we are not a party to what they did and we maintain that the election of the Speaker of the House of Representatives cannot be conducted outside the chamber of the House and we are ready to participate in that process on Tuesday, June 9, 2015.”
Supporters of #Senator Bukola Saraki declined all entrities to attend a meeting organised by the National Working Committee of the party to select a consensus candidate.
Saraki’s supporters under the aegis of Like Mind Senators boycotted the primaries citing irreconcilable differences with the NWC over the method of voting.
His supporters had requested that the #secret ballot system be adopted for the election, a request they said the NWC turned down.
The party’s NWC however said the open ballot system would be adopted for the process, a situation which was not agreeable to the #Like Minds Senators.
Saraki, who later spoke to journalists, said, “As result of the inability of the APC leadership to guarantee the #Senators of like minds the rights of secret ballot system, we are not participating at the election and this we made clear to the national chairman of our party.
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