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Thursday, June 25, 2015

APC Senators Defy Party, Fill Leadership Posts

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SENATORS of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Wednesday, defied the leadership of the party, by going ahead to name potential candidates for Senate leadership positions.

The APC had, in a letter written by its national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, addressed to Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, asked the lawmakers to name Senator Ahmad Lawan as Senate leader, George Akume as his deputy, Sola Adeyeye as chief whip and Abu Ibrahim as deputy whip.

But Saraki, who addressed a meeting of the APC caucus in the Senate on Tuesday, had suggested that zonal caucuses of the party should be made to produce the four leadership positions.

Though the meeting ended in near fisticuffs, it was gathered that most of the senators elected on the platform of the party had agreed with the position.
On Wednesday, it was gathered that the lawmakers dissolved into zonal caucuses to name likely candidates for the positions.

Sources in the Senate told the Nigerian Tribune that the position of the Senate President held sway, as senators of the APC eventually agreed on the four candidates that would emerge on the leadership posts.

It was gathered that following the intervention of governors of the party and words from some influential members, Saraki had called his loyalists and expressed readiness to work with Senator Lawan, but at the caucus meeting of the zone, Senator Ali Ndume emerged after a straw poll.

It was also learnt that Senator Ahmed Sani Yerima, a former governor of Zamfara State, offered to step down for Senator Bala Ibn Na'Allah from Kebbi State as deputy leader.

Nigerian Tribune gathered that Senator Sola Adeyeye emerged as the consensus candidate for the post of Senate chief whip  from the South West, while Senator Francis Alimikhana from Edo State is to emerge as deputy chief whip.

It is expected that Saraki would announce the names of the candidates on the floor of the Senate.
It was gathered that a meeting of governors and caucuses helped in dousing the brewing tension in the party, as some former governors in the Senate concluded that Senator Sani Yerima should step down so that it would not seem as if the ex-governors had hijacked the Senate.

At the floor of the Senate on Wednesday, attempts by Senator Gbenga Ashafa to force the Senate president to read a correspondence from the APC national chairman were rebuffed, as he ruled him out of order.
Ashafa had raised Orders 15, 28(1), 29(1), 30 and 31(4) of the Senate Standing Orders and asked the Senate president to read a letter he said had been delivered to his office.

“Yesterday, most of the media houses published stories that a letter was written by the chairman of our great party, the APC, and we were expecting that that letter, which has been received in your office, will be read in order to see to the resolution of the party leadership tussle.

“I believe that that letter should have been read to the hearing of all senators here present. Perhaps, that will be the solution to the leadership tussle in the Senate,” he had said.

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