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9th Assembly:  APC not opposed to consultation with opposition over leadership

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9th Assembly: APC not opposed to consultation with opposition over leadership
Lanre Issa-Onilu

The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has said that it is not opposed to consultation with the opposition parties over the leadership posts of the National Assembly.

This is as it disclosed that very soon, it would release the zoning arrangements for the principal positions of the 9th National Assembly.

The positions of the party were made known by the National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu.

According to him, consultation was normal in democracy, adding that the importance of the opposition in determining the leadership was recognised.

His words:  “Let me state that our party has no objection to such consultations.

“APC has comfortable majority in both chambers, therefore; we have the number to produce the leadership.

“But democracy recognises the importance of the opposition, especially when you do not have two-third which would be required at some very critical situations.

“For us as a ruling party, we understand that a stable and peaceful National Assembly would enhance our capacity to deliver more for the people of Nigeria.

“So, the party is not averse to negotiation by Senator Ahmed Lawan and our other senators-elect working to fulfil the position taken by our party.

“It is important to note that one of the key considerations for adopting him as the party’s candidate for the Senate Presidency is his ability to carry everyone along.

“On top of that, the party has confidence in him not to compromise the progressive ideology of APC. So clearly, Senator Ahmed Lawan is capable of conducting his negotiations within the prism of APC’s objectives.”

The party said it would also make its position clear in the coming days on the principal positions in the House of Representatives.

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