APC in fresh crisis as Adamu rejects NASS principal officers

APC in fresh crisis as Adamu rejects NASS principal officers

The National Assembly’s announcement of new principal officers has sparked controversy within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

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The National Working Committee (NWC) of the APC has distanced itself from the majority leadership positions declared by Senate President Godswill Akpabio and House of Representatives Speaker Tajudeen Abbas.

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In an unexpected turn of events, the party’s national chairman, Abdullahi Adamu, revealed that the NWC was not informed or involved in the selection of principal officers for the 10th National Assembly. The conflicting statements have caused tension within the APC.

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Senate Majority Leadership Positions

Senate President Godswill Akpabio announced the following majority leadership positions during Tuesday’s plenary:

Majority Leader: Opeyemi Bamidele (APC, Ekiti)
Deputy Majority Leader: David Umahi (APC, Ebonyi)
Senate Majority Whip: Mohammed Ali Ndume (APC, Borno)
Deputy Majority Whip: Lola Ashiru (APC, Kwara)
House of Representatives Majority Leadership Positions

House Speaker Tajudeen Abbas declared the following majority leadership positions:

Majority Leader: Julius Ihonvbere (APC, Edo)
Deputy Majority Leader: Abdullahi Ibrahim Halims (APC, Kogi)
Chief Whip: Usman Bello Kumo (APC, Gombe)
Deputy Chief Whip: Adewunmi Oriyomi Onanuga (APC, Ogun)
Minority Leadership Positions

The minority leadership positions in both chambers were also announced:

Senate Minority Leadership:

Minority Leader: Kingsley Chinda (PDP, Rivers)
Deputy Minority Leader: Ali Madaki (NNPP, Kano)
Minority Whip: Ali Isa (PDP)
Deputy Minority Whip: George Ebizimawo (Labour Party)
House of Representatives Minority Leadership:

Minority Leader: Kingsley Chinda (PDP, Rivers)
Deputy Minority Leader: Ali Madaki (NNPP, Kano)
Minority Whip: Ali Isa (PDP)
Deputy Minority Whip: George Ebizimawo (Labour Party)
Party Conflict and Disagreement

The conflicting statements from the APC’s national chairman and the party’s governors have led to confusion and disagreement within the party. While Abdullahi Adamu denies any knowledge of the emergence of principal officers, Governor Hope Uzodinma, chairman of the Progressive Governors’ Forum, expressed support for Akpabio and Abbas, stating that they have the backing of the party’s governors. The issue is expected to be resolved internally through party mechanisms.

Controversy Surrounding Minority Leaders

The selection process for the minority leadership positions in the Senate has raised concerns. Senators Mwadkwon and Oyewumi were named Minority Leader and Deputy Minority Leader without the input of the major opposition party, the PDP. The PDP had expressed its intention to communicate with Akpabio regarding the Senate minority leadership position, as consultations were still ongoing. Despite this, 38 out of the 50 opposition senators reportedly voted for the minority leaders. Senator Garba Musa Maidoki criticized the procedure, emphasizing the need for party input. In defense, Senate Majority Leader Opeyemi Bamidele argued that the decision involved multiple opposition parties and was based on the consensus of the senators themselves.

The selection of principal officers in the National Assembly has caused a rift within the APC, with conflicting statements from party officials.


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