APC Insists On Choosing National Assembly Leaders

APC Chairman
The All Progressives Congress, APC, has condemned what transpired at both chambers of the National Assembly on Thursday, insisting that it would stand firmly by its decision to choose principal leaders in both chambers.

In a statement issued by its National Secretary, Mai Mala Buni, on Friday, the party said that the list sent by the party to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives ought to have been read and adhered to by both leaders of the two chambers.

It said that the national caucus, Board of Trustees, BOT and National Executive Council, NEC, of the party would meet within the next few days to discuss the disturbing developments in the National Assembly.

The House of Representatives was thrown into confusion on Thursday when members engaged in fisticuffs over election of principal officers.

The mace the lower House’s symbol of authority had to be transferred to the inner chambers of the Speaker as aggrieved members attempted to wrest it from its usual position.

The crisis started when the House broke into two factions with one supporting the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, which had given directives on how the principal officers should emerge and another group lining up behind the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, who had other plans.

In the Senate, the leadership also spurned the ruling party’s directive and went ahead to select principal officers not approved by the APC leadership

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