DAILY FILE – Major crisis now blowing in the ruling All Progressives Congress,APC, following the endorsement of Senator Ahmed Lawan and Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, by the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the positions of Senate President and Speaker, House of Representatives, in the ninth National Assembly.
DAILY FILE, gathered some of the APC senators have started reaching out to People Democratic Party, PDP senators led by Senate President Bukola Saraki to strike a deal just like in 2015 against the ruling party’s preferred candidates.
Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume, one of the contenders for the Senate President, on has described the endorsement APC handed to Lawan as unconstitutional and completely ran against the spirit of fair play.
The Borno South Senator told reporters in Abuja that the position of the party on who emerges the Senate President cannot stand as it did not follow due process.
The National Chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole, was reported to have announced the endorsement of Lawan and Gbajabiamila as candidates of the APC for the posts of Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Ndume said that he consulted widely and was given the go-ahead by party leaders to vie for the position.
He insisted that the Constitution provided the procedure for the election of the Senate President
For him, the best the party could have done was to zone the slot of Senate President to a geo-political zone and allow the zone to choose their candidate
Although Ndume said that he was not desperate for the position of Senate President, he assured that he would consult his colleagues on the way forward.
Ndume said: “First of all, let me say that the decision by the party to settle for an individual instead of zoning the position to a particular geopolitical zone and also consulting or allowing the senators from that zone to decide who among them they prefer as Senate President, is a surprise.
“We were surprised on Monday when national chairman of our party told us a decision had been taken to adopt Ahmad Lawan as candidate from the North East for the position of the President of the Senate.
“The reason why I am shocked and I am sure that is the feeling of my colleagues, is that the constitutional provision for the emergence of the leadership of the Senate is clearly spelt out.
“Section 51 (a) of the Constitution says that “there shall be a Senate President and Deputy Senate President who shall be elected by members of the House “.
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