National Assembly leadership: APC to punish erring members

Timothy Choji, Abuja

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As lobbying continues ahead of the emergence of new sets of leadership for the two chambers of the National Assembly, the legislators, especially those who belong to the governing party, All Progressives Congress have been cautioned against involving in acts that will incur the wrath of the party.

A member of the House of Representatives, from Kano State, Jubrin Abdulmumin, gave the advice at the weekend, while speaking to State House Correspondents.

He said: “Any erring member of the APC involved in foul play in the emergence of the leadership of the 9th National Assembly won’t go unpunished.”

In 2015, some members of the governing party allegedly connived with some opposition members in the emergence of the leadership of the 8th National Assembly to the detriment of the APC.

Optimism

However, Abdulmumin, who spoke to Journalists after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, was optimistic that APC lawmakers will adhere to the advice and suggestions of the party for the emergence of the next leadership of the National Assembly.

The lawmaker called on his colleagues to rather lobby well among themselves, instead of indulging in acts that are against the wish of the party.

“Well the position of our party and our leaders has always been that all elected members and of course, senators should exercise patience, work is going on, consultations are being carried out and I believe that no any elected senator or members of APC would allow himself to be used by the opposition like in the case of 2015.

“In the case of 2015, there weren’t consequences but I am pretty sure that this time around, if anybody allowed himself to be used by the opposition party, there will certainly be consequences. Well, that is what is expected. But as you also aware, they are matured people, they are elected members, there is need for engagement, there is need for a lot of lobbying – that is what is obtainable all over the world,” he said.

Intervention

The lawmaker said the leader of the country and leaders of the APC are in close touch with the APC legislators, to ensure that the scenario of 2015 does not repeat itself.

According to him:“We have in the person of the President- our father who is reaching out to everybody and of course the party’s National Chairman and other leaders working day and night consulting with members and lobbying where they should, so that at the end of the day we can have a very smooth leadership election. But of course, that is not to say that there is no elements of desperation as you can see, a lot of people coming out to indicate interest.

He said he had since dropped his own ambition, to open up space for the many people interested in various positions in the House of Representatives.

“Personally, I have complained about that and the way and manner they are going about it it’s a bid unhealthy for the party, because at the end of the day only one person will become senate president and only one person will become the speaker and other principal officers.

“So we need to start imbibing the culture of putting the country first or the party first before ourselves. Personally, I have demonstrated that because I have indicated that, I am not interested in running for the office of the Speaker, Deputy Speaker, or any principal office because of how chocked up the whole system is as regard the number of people that are contesting.

“Just to open up space, and allow some of us to sit down and organise and ensure that the government and of course the party eventually have the kind of parliament or the kind of leadership of the National Assembly that they can work with harmoniously,” he said.

Omolayo.A