The All Progressives Congress (APC) has rejected the newly elected leadership of the National Assembly, saying it will use all constitutional and legal means to resolve the leadership tussle in the Assembly.
The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said in a statement shortly after the emergence of Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki and Hon. Yakubu Dogara as Senate President and Speaker of the House respectively that the elections that produced the duo were unacceptable to the party.
Mohammed described the processes as highest level of indiscipline and treachery, adding that no individual should place himself above the party.
The statement said, “Senator Bukola Saraki and Hon. Dogara are not the candidates of the APC and a majority of its National Assembly members-elect for the positions of Senate President and House Speaker respectively.
“The party duly met and conducted a straw poll and clear candidates emerged for the posts of Senate President, Deputy Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives, supported by a majority of all Senators-elect and members-elect of the House of Representatives.
“All National Assembly members-elect who emerged on the platform of the party are bound by that decision. The party is supreme and its interest is superior to that of its individual members.
“Consequently, the APC leadership is meeting in a bid to re-establish discipline in the party and to mete out the necessary sanctions to all those involved in what is nothing but a monumental act of indiscipline and betrayal to subject the party to ridicule and create obstacles for the new administration.”
The party decried a situation in which some people, based on nothing but inordinate ambition and lack of discipline and loyalty, will enter into an unholy alliance with the very same people whom the party and indeed the entire country worked hard to replace and sell out the hard won victory of the party.
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