The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) says it will be an exercise in futility for the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to nurse ambition of producing the President of the 9th Senate.
Concise News reports that Malam Lanre Issa-Onilu, the APC National Publicity Secretary, stated this at an interactive session with newsmen Wednesday at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja.
Issa-Onilu said that the APC would not share legislative powers with the PDP because, according to him, it is capable of running the government alone.
He said in every democracy any party that had the majority number automatically produces the President of the Senate, and that Nigeria would not be an exception.
Issa-Onilu stated that the APC already had the number to produce the President of the Senate and other leadership positions in the Senate and House of Representatives.
“Nigerians had given us more than we had in the outgoing Senate, so we have enough in terms of numbers of Senators to elect all our officers,” he said.
“It will be an exercise in futility for the PDP to want to share from what Nigerians had taken away from them.
“We don’t need a single vote from the PDP, and in any case, we don’t actually envisage any election on that day.”
Furthermore, he said all the APC needed to do was to present its members to occupy the leadership positions in the Senate and House of Representatives as a collective decision of the party in line with its Constitution.
However, Issa-Onilu said the PDP was free to also nominate its candidates if it desired, but added that the APC would not contest any position in the Senate with it or any other opposition party.
According to him, Sen. Lawal Ahmed remains APC’s choice for the President of the Senate in the 9th National Assembly.
Non-issuance of Certificate of Return to Governor Okorocha
On the non-issuance of Certificate of Return to Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Issa-Onilu said the APC could not intervene in the issue.
“The party cannot take any action because he is in the first instance on suspension and until that is vacated, we cannot step in on his behalf,” he said.
On Amaechi ‘interfering’ in Rivers politics
With regard to the alleged involvement of Rotimi Amaechi, the Minister of Transportation, in Rivers politics, Issa-Onilu said the minister had not engaged in any anti-party activities.
He added that though the APC does not have governorship candidate in Rivers, the people of the state were very important to the party.
“Whatever has happened in Rivers, and whatever Rotimi Amaechi has done, is completely normal and acceptable to this party,” the APC Publicity Secretary said.