War of Words | Kwara and Lagos APC Battle over Senate Presidency


The battle-line may have been drawn between Kwara and Lagos chapters of All Progressives Congress, APC, over the outcome of leadership election in the National Assembly that produced Bukola Saraki as Senate President.

The Kwara chapter, apparently reacting to the position of Lagos State, cautioned the latter thus: “Lagos State chapter of the party must (stop) making uninformed and unguarded comments on the emergence of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara.”

Sulyman Buhari, Kwara Publicity Secretary of APC, in a statement yesterday evening said “the call by Lagos APC on the leadership of APC to punish the new Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives is uninformed and unfortunate.”

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He added, “It is quite unfortunate that Lagos APC recommended disciplinary action against the Senate President and the Honourable Speaker without citing a provision of APC constitution that has been contravened by these distinguished Nigerians and committed party leaders.

“We advise the spokesman of Lagos APC to allow his comments to be guided by the law and constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria rather than by emotion and sentiment.

“And for the information of Nigerians, the spokesman of Lagos APC is on his own as we can authoritatively confirm that his sentiments and vituperation are not reflective of the position of Lagos APC on the inauguration of 8th National Assembly.

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“The good news is that in Nigeria today, the Senate President and the Speaker of House of Representatives are members of our great party, the All Progressives Congress.

“It is expected that all leaders and members of our party support the duo of Senate President Saraki and Speaker Dogara to foster cordial relationship between the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration and National Assembly, rather than an inordinate attempt to cause crises and instability.

“Meanwhile, it is a misrepresentation of fact and truth that the ascension of Senator Saraki as the Senate President was a PDP affair. The few Nigerians who have been portraying the emergence of the new Senate President as a PDP affair should be cautious. The actual fact, which nobody or propaganda can hide, is that Senator Saraki emerged Senate President with the support of Senators across political parties,”, the statement concluded.

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Source: National Mirror

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