An influential member of Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Yekini Nabena has urged the party’s national leadership to set up mechanisms for the zoning and selection of preferred principal officers for the 9th National Assembly.
Nabena said it was important for the party to avoid a repeat of the political crisis that followed the election of the National Assembly leadership in 2015.
“I call on the party’s leadership to urgently set up mechanisms for the zoning and selection of our preferred principal officers who will join the President Muhammadu Buhari administration in implementing our change agenda,” he said in a statement.
“Aside being president, Buhari is a respected father figure among party members and supporters.
“His direct involvement and views will be very important as the party works around the zoning and selection arrangements for principal NASS officers.”
He advised President Buhari to play a leading role in the APC internal selection arrangement for the incoming 9th National Assembly.
“The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has lost the presidential election and they have now adopted a plan B from their infamous Dubai strategy meeting,” he said.
“The plan is to hijack the incoming National Assembly leadership by repeating their heinous coup in the previous Assembly.
“The APC must prevent a repeat of a situation where despite our overwhelming majority in the outgoing 8th Senate and House of Representatives, its leadership was hijacked by saboteurs and their opposition PDP collaborators.”