National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress ( APC ) Chief John Odigie -Oyegun yesterday wrote to Senate President Bukola Saraki and House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara, stating the party’ s position on principal officers for the eighth National Assembly.
The letter to Saraki , reads : “Please find below for your necessary action names of principal officers approved by the party, after excessive consultations for the 8 th Senate as follows : Senator Ahmed Lawan( Majority Leader)–North -East ; Prof. Sola Adeyeye ( Chief Whip )–South-West ; Sen . George Akume ( Deputy Majority Leader ) —North -Central; and Sen . Abu Ibrahim ( Deputy Chief Whip ) —North -West .
A similar letter to the Speaker says : “Please find below for your necessary action names of principal officers approved by the party after extensive consultations for the eighth House of Representatives as follows : Hon . Femi Gbajabiamila ( House Leader) South-West ; Hon . Alhassan Ado Doguwa ( Deputy House Leader) —North -West ; Hon . M . T . Monguno ( Chief Whip ) —North -East ; and Hon . Pally Iriase ( Deputy Chief Whip ) —South-South . This comes with the assurances of my highest regards. ”
A source said : “The APC leadership is ready to assert the supremacy of the party and enforce party discipline .
“The only honourable path is for the President of the Senate and the Speaker to respect the party’ s wish by accommodating those aggrieved over their election . We need to heal wounds and ensure a sustainable reconciliation.
“If we do not reconcile , the Eighth National Assembly will not be able to stabilise. We cannot afford to derail this new administration .
“Unless there is another agenda at play , the new National Assembly leaders should make peace with their colleagues by adopting the party ’ s lists .
“The party has a say in the choice of principal officers. This was the case in the First , Second, Third and Fourth Republics .”