There were strong indications last night that members of the National Working Committee, of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, mare yet to agree on how to share offices in the 9th Assembly.
The party has already endorsed the candidature of Senator Ahmed Lawan as Senate President, a decision not popular with some senators elected on the platform of the party who complained of not being “carried along” in decision making.
Though some members of the APC NWC accepted the choice of Senator Lawan despite their reservations, the move to impose Hon Femi Gbajabiamila as the Speaker of House of Representative is causing open rebellion by some members of the APC.
Hon Gbajabiamila, who is representing Surulere in Lagos state, is said to be the anointed candidate of the national leader of the APC, Senator Bola Tinubu.
The top echelon of the APC appears to have their hands tied behind them as they had little option than to go along with the choice of Gbajabiamila because of the role Tinubu played in their emergence as members of the APC NWC.
However, the APC Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, told journalists in Abuja that there is no consensus over the choice of Gbajabiala as his emergence will short change other geo-political zones.
Nabena declared that majority of the members of the APC are of the view that all geopolitical zones must be fairly represented both in the executive and legislative arms.
Nebena further called for the exclusion of the Northwest and Southwest from the zoning of the Senate President and House Speaker as well as their deputies.
He said with President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo coming from the North-West and South-West respectively, “the party’s leadership should ensure that the zoning arrangement for the Senate President, Deputy Senate President, Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives in the incoming 9th National Assembly reflects the remaining four geopolitical regions of the country.” The APC Spokesperson warned that if the party does not get it right now, 2023 elections might turn out to be a free for all, with its attendant