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APC Settles For Gbajabiamila As Governors, Senators-Elect Meet Buhari by Islie: 9:47pm On Mar 26, 2019
By AHURUKA ISAH, AND SUNDAY ISUWA Abuja, ANDREW ESSIEN, Kauthar Anumba-Khaleel




To avoid a repeat of the 2015 mistakes when some All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers connived with their Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) counterparts to hijack the leadership of the 8th Assembly, the national leadership of the ruling party has stepped into the ongoing leadership race.

The APC National Working Committee (NWC) yesterday met with new and returning members of the House of Representatives to forge a common front on the emergence of the Green Chamber’s principal officers.

In the same manner, President Muhammadu Buhari also held a meeting with APC governors and senators-elect to ensure a strong bond between the Executive and Legislative arms of government in the next dispensation.

In the unfolding scenario, the APC leadership is favoulably disposed to the current House leader, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, as the Speaker of the Lower House, LEADERSHIP has learnt

Gbajabiamila was the preferred candidate of the APC for the office in 2015 before it was clinched by the incumbent Speaker, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, who rode on the support of PDP lawmakers to outwit Gbajiabiamila.

In the same way, Senator Ahmed Lawan was the anointed candidate of the APC for the Senate Presidency but he lost the office to Senator Bukola Saraki in the power game that produced the outgoing NASS leadership.


Dogara defeated Gbajabiamila with 182 votes to 174.

A competent source confirmed to LEADERSHIP that at a meeting which journalists were not allowed to cover, the party presented Gbajabiamila as its candidate for the speakership to the new lawmakers-elect.

It was learned that some members were not comfortable with the party’s choice of Gbajabiamila as they alleged that he may be difficult for them to work with.

The source, who craved anonymity, stated that the meeting wanted the matter properly handled so as not to disenfranchise other eminent and qualified persons who have indicated interest in the office.

Earlier, APC national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, who led the NWC members to meet the lawmakers yesterday, had declared that the party would not allow the mistakes of 2015 to recur when the new National Assembly is inaugurated in June.

Oshiomhole said that Nigerians had reposed confidence in the party by giving it an overwhelming majority in the House assuring that the party would use the numerical strength to its advantage.

He, therefore, sought the collaboration of the APC legislators to enable President Muhammadu Buhari to execute the party’s programmes during his second term.

Addressing the newly-elected members of the House of Representatives at the Shehu Yar’adua Centre in Abuja, Oshiomhole said that the APC was not prepared to share the principal offices of the House and headship of critical committees with the opposition PDP, except for positions reserved for minority members.

He said: “The first is the challenge of ensuring that this time around we will ensure that we have the leadership of the National Assembly that shares the vision of the executive. Although we speak of separation of powers, there is only one government and unless the various arms pursue the same agenda it is difficult for the executive to realise it purpose because legislative backing is often required for most executive actions.

“So I will expect that you bear in mind that we are one family joined together as shown in our broom, with a shared commitment to bail Nigeria out of the condition in which we found it in 2015.

“And that you have the numbers and we will use those numbers to ensure that we have a leadership that commands the trust and the respect of all the members of the House of Representatives. There will be contestation, that is why we are in a democracy but after the contestation and debate we have to agree, and once you have agreed you move forward.

“We have the numbers to produce the Speaker and we will produce the Speaker, who must be a member of the APC. We have the numbers to produce the Deputy Speaker and we will use the numbers to produce the occupant of the office, who must be a member of the APC. We have the number and we must use the numbers to elect the House Leader who must be a member of our party.

“We have the numbers and we will use the numbers to produce a Chief Whip and a Deputy Whip who must be members of the APC. I think the only position that we are not interested in is the Minority Leader. Let it remain minor in the hands of the minors in the opposition.

“We will not share power in the House of the Representatives and the leadership must ensure that critical committees that drive government are chaired by APC members. If the Nigerian people wanted them to be chairmen of the committees they would have voted for them.

“So all the chairmen of committees, except one that is statutorily reserved for the opposition, which is Public Accounts, they can have that. So, we would not do the kind of thing that happened the last time in which some APC members became distant spectators in the management of committees, when the PDP had the majority of the strategic committees in the House, that will not happen in the next Assembly,” he said.

While calling on the new federal lawmakers not to allow anybody to break their rank, Oshiomhole said that his leadership would carry out extensive consultations with President Buhari and all the leaders of the APC on the leadership matter.

“We will work out a sensible zoning formula that carries everybody along and gives people chances to demonstrate their capacities and capabilities.

He congratulated them for their success, adding that “we are proud that Nigerians in your various constituencies have reposed confidence in the APC. I was looking at the number this morning and I realised that at the level of the House of Representatives, Nigerians gave the APC a resounding vote of confidence.

Oshomhole said that before the election, the APC had 190 members, noting that Nigerians elected and re-elected 223 members of the House on the platform of the APC in the 2019 general elections.

To the new lawmakers, Oshiomhole said: “You have been elected at a very challenging time to provide legislative backing for APC agenda and manifesto. Our president who has been re-elected reminded us that the three critical issues on which we canvassed for votes in 2015 are still valid even now in 2019. The president is doing everything possible to turn the economy around and to ensure that we work and create job-led growth and not jobless growth where we celebrate abstract statistics that do not reflect the quality of life of the Nigerian people.”

At a dinner hosted by President Buhari at the Presidential Villa for APC governors, serving senators and senators-elect, Oshiomhole maintained that in the 9th Assembly, the APC is far ahead of the opposition in both parliaments.

He said that “we are far ahead of the main opposition in the parliament. With 223 of 360 lawmakers, we have all the numbers required to make all the laws in the National Assembly.

“The purpose of the dinner is to congratulate you and to provide a platform for the senators-elect to interact with you. We want to produce a leadership that is purely APC and the one that will cooperate with the executive.

The senator-elect on the platform of Young Progressives Party (YPP), Ifeanyi Uba, attended the meeting even though he has not officially defected to the ruling APC.


North Central Insists On Speakership

Meanwhile, the clamour for APC to zone the office of the Speaker of the Lower House to the North Central has gathered momentum.

The proponents based their demand on the fact that the North Central produced the third highest votes for the ruling APC in the February 23 presidential and National Assembly elections.

The Northeast, which produced the second highest votes for the APC after the Northwest, is being considered for the position of the Senate President.

In their defence of the zoning of speaker’s seat to the North Central, the agitators argued that both the Northwest and the Southwest have produced the president and the vice president-elect in the person of Buhari and Yemi Osinbajo.

Besides, they asserted that the North Central is the only zone that is yet to produce the speaker of the Green Chamber since the current democratic dispensation.

The chief campaigners under the aegis of the Coalition of North Central Groups said that for equity, justice and fairness to reign, the region should be considered for the Number Four seat in the country.

They said Section 14 (1c, 3 and 4) and Article 7 (i, ii and ix) of the APC Constitution should be the guiding principles of the party in zoning the speaker’s position.

The coalition further said that the APC has ranking and experienced returning lawmakers from the North Central to man the office and support the party in executing its programmes and policies, especially those that require legislative backing.

Also, some stakeholders noted that the North Central is best suited for the position of the speaker at this time.


Reps’ Spokesman Joins Speakership Race

Meanwhile, the incumbent chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Hon. Abdulrazak Namdas, has concluded plans to declare his intention to run for the office of the Speaker of the 9th House.

LEADERSHIP learned that the House spokesman would announce his ambition ahead of the APC s decision on the zoning of the principal offices of the incoming Assembly tomorrow.

Namdas, who is a returning member, represents Jada/Ganye/Mayo Belwa/Toungo federal constituency of Adamawa State.

Elected on the platform of the ruling APC in 2015, Namdas’ declaration will bring the number of top contenders for the post to six.

Other lawmakers who have indicated interest on the position are Gbajabiamila from Lagos, Hon. Ahmed Idris Wase (Plateau), Hon. Muhammad Umar Bago (Niger), Hon. Babangida Ibrahim (Katsina), and Hon. Aminu Sulaiman (Kano).


Imposition Of Candidates, Undemocratic – APC Lawmakers

As the race for the Speaker heats up, members of the House on APC platform have kicked against purported plans by the party leadership to impose some candidates, especially for the Speakership on them.

The members-elect who were at the meeting with Oshiomhole yesterday, condemned the plot, describing it as “meddlesome and undemocratic.”

The member-elect, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that while it was the party’s responsibility to zone NASS leadership positions to geopolitical zones it deems fit, it was unbecoming for it to insist on a particular candidate for the House.

He noted that in the event the party insists on the candidate, it would only show that it didn’t learn from the mistakes in 2015.

Another lawmaker, who has indicated interest in the race and pleads anonymity, asserted that the members would not support any candidate imposed on them by the party.

He said: “We won’t allow the party to dictate to us who will be our leader. We are an arm of government just as the executive is. If we allow this to happen, it means we are not independent.”

An aspiring speaker, however, noted that the party was yet to declare its stand and cautioned that members wait for the announcement of the zoning formula.


S’East APC Group Want Speaker Zoned To Region

Also yesterday, a group under the aegis of South East All Progressives Congress (APC) Youths Consultative Forum has called on the leadership of the party to zone the position of the speaker to the zone.

The national coordinator of the forum, Sir Romanus Oguleme, told journalists in Abuja that the zone has credible and ranking members in the National Assembly to head any of the two chambers.

Oguleme pleaded that the zone should not be schemed out of the National Assembly leadership like in 2015, adding that zoning the speakership to South East was in line with President Buhari’s promise of an inclusive government.


Ndume Declares For Senate Presidency

Relatedly, former Senate Leader, Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume, has asked the APC to allow him to become the Senate President because he is the most suitable for the office.

Ndume said that he had decided to step forward with the hoping that the Senate president’s position would be zoned to the Northeast zone where he hails from.

In a letter of intent dated March 25, 2019, and addressed to Oshiomhole, he said that his decision to seek for office was borne out of his desire to help accelerate the socioeconomic development of the country.

He said: “Following the successful conduct of the 2019 general elections and the overwhelming victory of our great party, the APC at all levels, I hereby forward my letter of intent to contest for the office of the president of the Senate in the 9th National Assembly.

“I wish to emphasise that my decision to contest for the Senate presidency is informed by my conviction to contribute my quota to nation building,” he stated.


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Re: APC Settles For Gbajabiamila As Governors, Senators-Elect Meet Buhari by Bizmagnet: 9:52pm On Mar 26, 2019
Make them pray wella ooo make another Saraki no show up in few days time.

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Re: APC Settles For Gbajabiamila As Governors, Senators-Elect Meet Buhari by Optionalx: 12:00am On Mar 27, 2019
He probably will lose again like 2019. Better seek vote from your colleagues not inducement from Buhari and Adams

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Re: APC Settles For Gbajabiamila As Governors, Senators-Elect Meet Buhari by Nobody: 12:08am On Mar 27, 2019
Optionalx:
He probably will lose again like 2019. Better seek vote from your colleagues not inducement from Buhari and Adams
Again, Gbaja will lose ... HOR and Senate leadership can both not be Muslims. Simple balance of power. You can argue with your spirit but any Christian candidate will receive overwhelming support from PDP. Do not also forget the Dogara factor. APC votes will be split into 60/40 while PDP will break the expected tie.

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Re: APC Settles For Gbajabiamila As Governors, Senators-Elect Meet Buhari by wallex1983(m): 5:29am On Mar 27, 2019
APC still needs to manage this very well.
Re: APC Settles For Gbajabiamila As Governors, Senators-Elect Meet Buhari by Esseite: 6:01am On Mar 27, 2019
Imposition Of Candidates, Undemocratic – APC Lawmakers

As the race for the Speaker heats up, members of the House on APC platform have kicked against purported plans by the party leadership to impose some candidates, especially for the Speakership on them.

The members-elect who were at the meeting with Oshiomhole yesterday, condemned the plot, describing it as “meddlesome and undemocratic.”

The member-elect, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that while it was the party’s responsibility to zone NASS leadership positions to geopolitical zones it deems fit, it was unbecoming for it to insist on a particular candidate for the House.

some reasonable APC NASS members
Re: APC Settles For Gbajabiamila As Governors, Senators-Elect Meet Buhari by Amuocha: 6:02am On Mar 27, 2019
Dogara's anointed candidate would emerge

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Re: APC Settles For Gbajabiamila As Governors, Senators-Elect Meet Buhari by yuanexchanger: 6:11am On Mar 27, 2019
Always between the Hausa/fulani and the yoruba. we sell chinese yuan.
Re: APC Settles For Gbajabiamila As Governors, Senators-Elect Meet Buhari by RockHard: 6:17am On Mar 27, 2019
Amitez:

Again, Gbaja will lose ... HOR and Senate leadership can both not be Muslims. Simple balance of power. You can argue with your spirit but any Christian candidate will receive overwhelming support from PDP. Do not also forget the Dogara factor. APC votes will be split into 60/40 while PDP will break the expected tie.

Patricia Etteh and David Mark were both Christians at the time they both served as Speaker and Senate president, respectively. undecided And this was under a Christian president (OBJ).

Maduawuchukwu:


Patricia Etteh was during Yaraduas tenure not Obj and she was quickly replaced with Dimeji Bankole who was a Muslim.

OK. Even if Yaradua was the president, doesn't change the fact that the number 2 (GEJ), 3 (David Mark), and 4 (Patricia Etteh) highest office holders were all Christians at a point in this country, and heaven did not fall! Both Mark and Etteh assumed office on June 6th, 2007. Etteh was later removed on corruption grounds, not for being a Christian. So my point still stands, so say something else please.

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Re: APC Settles For Gbajabiamila As Governors, Senators-Elect Meet Buhari by helinues: 6:24am On Mar 27, 2019
Everything in Nigeria Na paddy paddy
Re: APC Settles For Gbajabiamila As Governors, Senators-Elect Meet Buhari by CunnyLinguist: 6:42am On Mar 27, 2019
President - NW
Vice President - SW
Senate President - NE
Deputy Senate President - SS
Speaker - SW


HouseBoy General - ? grin grin grin


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Re: APC Settles For Gbajabiamila As Governors, Senators-Elect Meet Buhari by Oshigun: 6:45am On Mar 27, 2019
Amuocha:
Dogara's anointed candidate would emerge

bruv, whatever you are smoking must be very potent because you are in dreamland. Dogara my azz. Him and Saraki will now need to fight for personal survival because PMB, when it gets personal, takes no prisoners. Just ask Dasuki who has been in jail for the past 4 years. Trust me, dem no born Dogara well to try meddle. He is a nonentity now with no political clout at all beyond his constituency. His 15 minutes of fame is over and i think PMB is not done with him and Saraki for how both personally sabotaged his first term with their disruptive and pro-PDP leadership of the upper and lower legislative houses.

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Re: APC Settles For Gbajabiamila As Governors, Senators-Elect Meet Buhari by Maduawuchukwu(m): 7:28am On Mar 27, 2019
RockHard:


Patricia Etteh and David Mark were both Christians at the time they both served as Speaker and Senate president, respectively. undecided And this was under a Christian president (OBJ).

Patricia Etteh was during Yaraduas tenure not Obj and she was quickly replaced with Dimeji Bankole who was a Muslim.

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Re: APC Settles For Gbajabiamila As Governors, Senators-Elect Meet Buhari by DabuIIIT: 8:16am On Mar 27, 2019
CunnyLinguist:
President - NW
Vice President - SW
Senate President - NE
Deputy Senate President - SS
Speaker - SW


HouseBoy General - ? grin grin grin



I pity you and your generation. A Boko Haram sympathizer will soon become your senate President.

The cry should be for you and your generation..

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Re: APC Settles For Gbajabiamila As Governors, Senators-Elect Meet Buhari by Lec25(m): 8:32am On Mar 27, 2019
Oshigun:


bruv, whatever you are smoking must be very potent because you are in dreamland. Dogara my azz. Him and Saraki will now need to fight for personal survival because PMB, when it gets personal, takes no prisoners. Just ask Dasuki who has been in jail for the past 4 years. Trust me, dem no born Dogara well to try meddle. He is a nonentity now with no political clout at all beyond his constituency. His 15 minutes of fame is over and i think PMB is not done with him and Saraki for how both personally sabotaged his first term with their disruptive and pro-PDP leadership of the upper and lower legislative houses.
look how you are ranting, as if PMB is now God. You talk as PMB own his own life let alone deciding another man destiny. Buhari is just over rated he can do nothing.

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Re: APC Settles For Gbajabiamila As Governors, Senators-Elect Meet Buhari by GlorifiedTunde(m): 8:55am On Mar 27, 2019
Hmmm
Re: APC Settles For Gbajabiamila As Governors, Senators-Elect Meet Buhari by Opinedecandid(m): 8:56am On Mar 27, 2019
Nonsense!

South South, South East APC Senators and Reps members, ntooooooooor

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Re: APC Settles For Gbajabiamila As Governors, Senators-Elect Meet Buhari by yuanexchanger: 8:58am On Mar 27, 2019
it's certainly for Gbajabiamila.Easter season is here again.Pay your chinese suppliers easily with us.

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Re: APC Settles For Gbajabiamila As Governors, Senators-Elect Meet Buhari by rummmy: 9:01am On Mar 27, 2019
RockHard:


Patricia Etteh and David Mark were both Christians at the time they both served as Speaker and Senate president, respectively. undecided And this was under a Christian president (OBJ).
i thought you and apc came for a change, why all this comparison, beside the president was a Muslim not a Christian, stop fabricating lies

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Re: APC Settles For Gbajabiamila As Governors, Senators-Elect Meet Buhari by Moventist: 9:01am On Mar 27, 2019
Amitez:

Again, Gbaja will lose ... HOR and Senate leadership can both not be Muslims. Simple balance of power. You can argue with your spirit but any Christian candidate will receive overwhelming support from PDP. Do not also forget the Dogara factor. APC votes will be split into 60/40 while PDP will break the expected tie.

Exactly. I prefer James Faleke
Re: APC Settles For Gbajabiamila As Governors, Senators-Elect Meet Buhari by Bewiseedet(m): 9:02am On Mar 27, 2019
Tinubu puppet to lead House of reps. Boko Haram to lead Senate. We done suffer for this yeye country

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Re: APC Settles For Gbajabiamila As Governors, Senators-Elect Meet Buhari by chinavs9ja(m): 9:02am On Mar 27, 2019
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Re: APC Settles For Gbajabiamila As Governors, Senators-Elect Meet Buhari by martineverest(m): 9:02am On Mar 27, 2019
Opinedecandid:
Nonsense!

South South, South East APC Senators and Reps members, ntooooooooor
south South will get deputy senate Presidency

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Re: APC Settles For Gbajabiamila As Governors, Senators-Elect Meet Buhari by cr7lomo: 9:02am On Mar 27, 2019
RockHard:


Patricia Etteh and David Mark were both Christians at the time they both served as Speaker and Senate president, respectively. undecided And this was under a Christian president (OBJ).

David mark was never SP under Obasanjo
Re: APC Settles For Gbajabiamila As Governors, Senators-Elect Meet Buhari by Moventist: 9:03am On Mar 27, 2019
RockHard:


Patricia Etteh and David Mark were both Christians at the time they both served as Speaker and Senate president, respectively. undecided And this was under a Christian president (OBJ).

Lies , it during Yaradua

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Re: APC Settles For Gbajabiamila As Governors, Senators-Elect Meet Buhari by BRRR: 9:03am On Mar 27, 2019
CunnyLinguist:
President - NW
Vice President - SW
Senate President - NE
Deputy Senate President - SS
Speaker - SW


HouseBoy General - ? grin grin grin


[img]https://2.bp./-ze8eBAS_CEA/Vuh0bTCPKZI/AAAAAAAA9MA/90xy5wNneTgf9S3czjpjIWMIDK8hsZOGw/s1600/21-days-6.gif[/img]
and u think its good for Nigeria's democracy and unity ? I wonder how u people reason and feel comfortable and happy with the maginalizaton of a particular region as if they are not part of Nigerian. If u feel so awesome about this why dont u join the campaign to let them go so that u can have it all in peace without anything to hurt ur guilt.

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