Saraki, Dogara, snub APC principal officers orders

By Post Nigeria June 24, 2015 11:21

Saraki, Dogara, snub APC principal officers orders

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, have reportedly rejected the All Progressives Congress, APC, nominees for top leadership positions in the two chambers of the National Assembly.

This would be the second time the duo will be defying their party, as they had already gone against the APC, when they defeated candidates blessed by the party for the positions of Senate President and House Speaker respectively.

Ahmed Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila were the APC’s candidates for the positions of Senate President and House Speaker.

The move by Saraki and Dogara created a rift in the party, but reports emerged that both men were in the house of the APC National Chairman, Chief John Oyegun, on Monday, at different times to settle with the leadership of the party.

See: UPDATE: APC Crisis: Oyegun brokers peace deal with Saraki, Lawan

On Tuesday, new reports also emerged that Senators under the `Like Minds’ and `Unity Forum’, failed to reach an agreement on the procedure for emergence of candidates for the various principal positions.

See: APC Crisis: Saraki/Lawan rift deepens over Senate leadership

Still on Tuesday, the party wrote the two leaders directing them to adopt candidates who lost at the elections as principal officers.

The Nation had reported that those the APC had blessed are Lawan (Majority Leader); Prof. Sola Adeyeye (Chief Whip); Sen. George Akume (Deputy Majority Leader); and Sen. Abu Ibrahim (Deputy Chief Whip).

The list for the House of Representatives has Gbajabiamila (House Leader); Hon. Alhassan Ado Doguwa (Deputy House Leader); M.T. Monguno (Chief Whip) and Hon. Pally Iriase (Deputy Chief Whip).

In its letter, the APC urged Saraki to accept Lawan as Senate Leader; Adeyeye as Chief Whip; Akume as Deputy Senate Leader; and Ibrahim as Deputy Whip; and Dogara to accept Gbajabiamila as House Leader, Monguno as Chief Whip; Doguro Deputy Speaker; and Iriase as Deputy Whip.

But reports surfaced that Saraki and Dogara were yet to accept the party’s terms as at Wednesday morning.

An official who spoke to Premium Times said, “The issue of the principal officers is a party affair. Traditionally; in the legislative practice, it is the party that forwards names of its members who should fill the positions to the Senate President or Speaker as the case maybe. And that is what APC is insisting on.”

The official said while Dogara has agreed to a power sharing arrangement with the party, Saraki has vowed not to adopt any of the party’s nominees for the positions.

    “What Dogara is saying is that if the party takes the House Leader, a member from his group should be the Chief Whip and so on. But Saraki is not ready to comply with the party’s directives at all.