Chris Steven, Abuja
Following the emergence of Senator Ahmed Lawan as candidate for Senate President and Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila as the Speaker of the 8th National Assembly, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has commenced the process of reconciling all its aggrieved members in the new Assembly.
The party noted in a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday by its National Secretary, Hon. Mai Mala Buni, that it was natural for some members to be disappointed by the outcome of the straw poll that was conducted to select the party’s official candidates for the posts.
It would be recalled that Senator Bukola Saraki and those loyal to him boycotted the election on Saturday while Honourable Yakubu Dogara staged a walk out at the venue of the election.
Sunday’s statement read in part: ”However, we must put the interest of our party above personal interests and avoid a situation whereby any other candidates, apart from those picked by the party, will emerge as Senate President and House Speaker on Tuesday.
”Any outstanding issues will be resolved by the party so we won’t go into Tuesday’s election with more than one candidate each for the two posts, Senate President and Speaker, House of Representatives,” it said
The party added that it would be a shame if, despite its majority in both chambers of the National Assembly, the APC is unable to produce a Senate President and a House Speaker of its choice.
APC explained that its role in the entire business of ensuring a common front within the party ahead of Tuesday’s election is that of an honest broker, saying its goal of ensuring that the party does not go into the election with more than one candidate for each post has now been achieved.
The party appealed to all aggrieved members to sheathe their swords and allow peace to reign, in the overall interest of not just the party but the entire nation.