The APC National Chairman, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, claims that the group consults with Bola Tinubu on the leadership of the 10th legislature.
After a four-hour meeting of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) behind closed doors, he made this statement to reporters on Wednesday in Abuja.
“When we attend zoning meetings, we don’t just go as a party; zoning involves bringing Sen. Bola Tinibu, the country’s elected president, along.
He travelled outside the country following the election and only returned last week, so we need to carry him along, he said.
Adamu added that the party would not interfere in any interest canvassed in choosing the persons to lead the two chambers of the assembly; whether its on zoning or individual interest.
He said that the party had to, however, find a way of persuasively reaching some level of consensus.
“That is what we are working on. It is not a one-day affair, ” the APC national chairman said.
Also speaking, Mr Felix Morka, the party’s National Publicity Secretary, said the party was united behind Adamu in spite of speculation of crisis within its leadership.
He added that genuine issues raised by some of the party’s members were being looked into by w NWC.
On issues of zoning the leadership position of the incoming 10 National Assembly, Morka said the party was not in a hurry to arrive at such decision.
“We looked at some internal and domestic housekeeping matters with a colleague that you know who has expressed his concerns about something he believes the party should be doing.
“We deliberated completely about it, and as we speak, a committee that was set up to complete that conversation is in progress,” he said.
He said the committee would fully rectify all issues and offer final recommendations on the subject to the party’s leadership.
“The party stands completely united behind the leadership of our National Chairman, Adamu, and we are all standing together.
“The concerns raised by our colleague is being looked into, and I think in due course, we will have very specific conclusions of those concerns,” he said.
Morka explained that zoning was a mechanism by which the party was able to make decision, saying it afforded those interested in competing for political positions to do so with a minimum rift or rancour.
“There is no timeline to that, we are not in a hurry. We want to do it right,” the APC scribe said.
He added that zoning required very exhaustive consultation not just of the party’s leadership, but also of those who were aspiring.
This, he said, was critical to ensure that whatever formula the party came up with would be acceptable with minimum friction.
“It is important that the consultation is done, and done properly, that is what is going on right now,” he said.
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