Bola Tinubu, the incoming president, has declared that he has no favored candidates for the Senate and House of Representatives leadership positions in the tenth National Assembly.
At the meeting with newly elected members of the National Assembly in Abuja, Tinubu, who was there in the person of Vice President-elect Kashim Shettima, revealed this.
Shortly after the meeting, Abdulmalik Bungudu, a member-elect for the Bungudu/Maru Federal Constituency of Zamfara State, confirmed this to our correspondent.
Speaking in Hausa, Bungudu said that Tinubu had informed participants that he had no favorite candidates for any of the major positions in the 10th NASS.
Shettima was quoted by the author as saying, “For the time being, he (Tinubu) said he doesn’t have anybody that he prefers to have as Senate President or Speaker, but consultations are going to continue to get the way out for the party and to also ensure the party emerges victorious in the upcoming governorship and Houses of Assembly elections.”
The party would zone principal offices only after the conclusion of the gubernatorial and state Assembly elections held on March 18th, according to lawmakers who were just recently elected on the APC platform on Monday in Abuja.
Following a meeting between senator-elects and members of the House of Representatives with the party leadership held at the Banquet Hall of the State House, Abuja, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, among other lawmakers-elect, revealed this to our correspondent.
The meeting is the first between the newly elected members of parliament and the party, and it takes place just two weeks after the presidential and National Assembly elections on February 25.
It happened as a result of widespread rumors that the APC would use the platform to swiftly zone principal offices in the two chambers of the 10th National Assembly in order to prevent a repeat of the situation from 2015 when the party lost control of the legislature despite holding the majority of seats in both chambers.
The Speaker of the House, Gbajabiamila, however, informed our reporter that no topic of the NASS leadership was included in the debate because the elections were still ongoing.
“On the subject of zoning, we did not discuss it because we are not yet there,” Gbajabiamila remarked. This weekend is election day in our country. And we have to make sure that everyone returns home, puts on their work clothes, and gets their hands dirty. I was in Lagos and I was campaigning for my party, so I was unable to leave Lagos.
“We’re not there yet; we must complete the victory before we discuss the National Assembly’s leadership. We all decided to wait until after the elections were over before talking about zoning. The Speaker of the House, Gbajabiamila, however, informed our reporter that no topic of the NASS leadership was included in the debate because the elections were still ongoing.
Before the meeting, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, the APC’s national chairman, warned the senators-elect and representatives-elect that the party’s national working committee would not permit a recurrence of the NASS leadership conflict that caused “bad blood” between lawmakers and the executive branch in 2015.
Adamu’s speech comes just a few days after unhappy NWC members demanded his resignation and a reformation of the party to balance the divisive Muslim-Muslim ticket of the upcoming administration, which has caused unrest ahead of the 2023 elections.
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