Like the dispute over the micro-districts of the headquarters of the National Assembly, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Abdullahi Adamu, has admitted a mistake in the decision of the National Working Committee (NWC).
He made the admission a day after Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu and others, including seven presidiums, opposed the deal.
The Chief Whip of the Senate and former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, led some aspirants for the position of Senate President, including the former governor of Zamfara, in a visit to the state secretariat yesterday to present a petition to the leadership of the party. State Abdulaziz Yari and Senator Sani Musa described the qualification arrangement as undemocratic and warned that the party would set the stage for a revolt by members on June 13, when the National Assembly opens and officers are voted on.
But the chairman of the party, Abdullahi Adamu, asked the aspirants to hold their fire and allow the party leadership to negotiate more.
“We are glad to receive you and to hear you express your displeasure with what we have done. As chairman of the APC and members of the NWC, we take responsibility. As president, I take responsibility for what happened. I take full responsibility for this. And in that spirit,on behalf of my colleagues in this office, I welcome you.
"On Wednesday, we had members of the House of Commons who are also running for Speaker of the House of Commons, and we had similar statements—disagreement with them. What we're not going to do today, based on what we've heard from you, is start a conversation with you in this session about how the rumor came about.
"Yes, you were not consulted enough, and it is a simple principle of democracy that you get views and opinions. But the circumstances we found ourselves in after the election thwarted our desire," he admitted.
Reacting further, the former governor of Nasarawa State said, "We are going back to the drawing board. We owe it to our party to see if what has been done cannot be changed; what has been done must be changed or reviewed. We look at what we were forced to do by the grace of God.
"Hold the fire until the last word is heard from us. We are the guardians of the party as NWC, but we will not act alone. The vote of the president-elect is an important one. We must accommodate him as best we can. I will not compromise on this.
Source; The Sunnews Online
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