Senate Leadership Tussle: Withdraw Endorsements Of Akpabio, Abass – Group Tells APC

…says democracy now under threat

By Demola Atobaba

A group under the aegis of Renewed Hope Professionals, (RHP) has urged President-elect, Ahmed Bola Tinubu and the All Progressive Congress (APC) to reverse the endorsements of Akpabio and Abass in the National Assembly leadership race.


This plea was contained in a statement signed and made available to Topnewsng by the RHP Coordinator, Kinu Kabirwa.

According to them, endorsing a candidate violates the provisions of Section 50 sub section 1b of the Constitution.

TopNewsng recalled that the National Working Committee (NWC) of the APC on Monday, announced Sen. Godswill Akpabio and Rep. Tajudeen Abass as consensus candidates for Senate President and Speaker positions respectively.

The group therefore called on the President-elect, Sen. Bola Tinubu to reverse the decision of the NWC to allow for the independence of the legislature.

They noted that going by the endorsement, the North-West would control two powerful positions in the next political dispensation leaving out North-Central and South-East.

The statement reads, “Democracy is now under serious threat with this imposition concocted by the outgoing by the NWC of APC which will further compound the grave political situation in Nigeria.

”As a group of professionals with the interest of APC at heart we plead with the President-Elect to immediately nullify this organized crime imposed on lawmakers and allow a free level playing ground for the legislators to pick their leaders.

“It’s an aberration that must be quickly checkmated before it develops into a hydra monster capable of turning the legislature into an unwarranted war zone over the personal interests of few persons in the party.

”Was competence, equity, and fairness considered in the scheme of things or it was just an outright imposition to further truncate our shaky democracy?

”The above questions are begging for answers,” they said.

The group equally maintained that the offices of the senate president and the speaker should not be used for political compensation.

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