Friday, April 23

Oshiomhole meets Reps-elect as APC moves to control National Assembly leadership

The National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Adams Oshiomhole, Monday cautioned newly-elected members of the House of Representatives under the platform of the party against division as regards the constitution of the House leadership.

Oshiomhole also said extensive consultations will be made with President Muhammadu Buhari and other party leaders to ensure cohesion and support for the party’s candidates in the election of leadership of the 9th National Assembly.

The party’s National chairman made this declaration during a scheduled meeting between the party’s National Working Committee, NWC, and APC’s newly-elected lawmakers in the lower chamber held at Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja.

In his words, “Please, don’t allow anybody to divide you.

“We shall carry out extensive consultations with Buhari and other leaders of the party to harmonise issues and, work out a sensible zoning formula that seek to carry everybody along.

“We shall not again share any of the critical positions in the leadership of the House of Representatives with the opposition PDP including chairmanship of sensitive committees.

“Before the election, we had about 190 members. As we speak, Nigerians have re-elected 223 more members on the platform of the APC.

“We have overwhelming majority even if we want to amend the constitution.

“I’m happy to say that in the same token, the Nigerian people have expressed less confidence in the opposition PDP.

“For us to enjoy our numerical strength, we should recognise we were elected by the party’s platform.

“APC will nominate the right candidates to occupy the speaker, deputy speaker, leader ,Chief whip, deputy chief whip and others. However, we shall only allow the opposition to occupy the Minority leader and chairmanship of the public accounts committee as provided by the constitution.

“Our challenge is to have a leadership of the House of Representatives that will share the same vision with the executive.

“We are one family as shown in our broom.

“We have the number and we will use the number to elect the leaders we want,” he said.

Reacting, some of the newly-elected lawmakers, who spoke on behalf of their colleagues, pledged their undivided loyalty to the blueprint of the ruling party in the discharge of their legislative duties.

The National Working Committee, NWC, of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Monday brainstormed the party’s newly elected members of the House of Representatives to ensure it occupies critical leadership position in forthcoming 9th consensus election of the lower chamber’s leadership

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