…Urges APC to rollout zoning arrangements
As the political scheming for the leadership of the incoming National Assembly heightens, the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Yekini Nabena has alleged a fresh move by the outgoing Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and the minority Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus to decide the leadership of the Senate and House of Representatives.
The plans, according to Nabena is also in tandem with what he called “Otta farm”, warning his ruling party to urgently rollout the zoning arrangements to avoid the repeat of what happened in 2015.
Both incumbent Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara emerged Senate President and Speaker against the party’s wish in the outgoing 8th National Assembly.
Speaking with newsmen Tuesday in Abuja, Nabena alleged that the outgoing Senate President and his party (PDP) have devised plans to ensure that there loyalists take control of the legislative arm of government.
Nabena said: “The outgoing Senate President and the PDP caucus have begun surreptitious move to lure some new APC lawmakers with juicy committee position in return for their support for the PDP choice for the leadership of the Senate and House of Representatives.
“Already, Saraki’s henchman, Dino Melaye and some other returning PDP federal lawmakers have scheduled meetings with some APC lawmakers from Wednesday to Sunday in a yet-to-be announced venue.”
While calling for urgent intervention by the APC leadership, the Deputy spokesman stated that “It is important that the APC leadership meet and urgently rollout a fair zoning arrangement to ensure that we produce our preferred candidates for all leadership positions in the incoming National Assembly.
“Since Saraki lost his bid to return to the Senate and control of his home state, Kwara, he has devised a plan to ensure that he influences the choice of the incoming National Assembly Leadership. This is Saraki’s last-ditch effort to remain politically relevant.”