The All Progressives Congress (APC) has granted the party’s anointed candidate for the Senate presidency, Senator Ahmed Lawan, the permission to consult with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) senators over his ambition and other principal officers of the 9th Assembly.
In a statement signed by the APC National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, the ruling party equally revealed that it will soon release the much anticipated zoning arrangement for the emergence of the leadership of the lower chamber, House of Representatives.
Admitting that the national leadership of the party is constrained to endorse the consultation between its anointed candidate for the position of the senate president, Lawan, the party, however, warned that he should not compromise the progressive ideology of the ruling party. Titled ‘Reaction to prevailing questions’, the APC statement read: “We are inundated with reports of our members in the National Assembly holding consultations with members of the opposition over the election of leaders into the 9th National Assembly. Let me state that our party has no objection to such consultations.
“It is a normal democratic practice, world over, to stretch hands across the divides. And, contrary to some media reports, the actions of our members do not contradict the party’s position. 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.”
On zoning and leadership of House of Representatives, the ruling party said: “Our party will soon release the zoning arrangements for the principal positions of the incoming 9th National Assembly. The party will also make its position clear in the coming days on the principal positions in the House of Representatives.’’