Dyepkazah Shibayan, Abuja
All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday denied reports that its National Working Committee (NWC) met on Monday night and decided to zone the Senate Presidency to the North- Central and the Speaker of the House of Representatives to the South-West, saying nothing like that ever happened.
In a statement issued in Abuja by its National Secretary, Mai Mala Buni, the party said it was deeply embarrassed by the story, which was apparently planted in the media to sow the seeds of instability in the party.
‘’The NWC never discussed the issue of zoning at its meeting.
Therefore, the report of its decision on zoning is a figment of the imagination of whoever concocted the story,’’ it said.
The party said nothing has changed since the Presidentelect said he is ready to work with anyone from any part of the country who occupies any of the principal offices of the incoming National Assembly, including those of the Senate Presidency and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Recall that the address by Dino Melaye on Saturday said the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party had zoned the position of Senate Presidency to the North Central zone and their group (like mind group) based on that had adopted Bukola Saraki who is from the zone as their sole candidate.
“The issue of National Assembly leadership is about integrity, competence, discipline and leadership skills and not about fixing of candidates just for mere horse-trading.
Our bestand is about electing a senator who eventually becomes the chairman of National Assembly and relates with the executive on behalf of Nigerians, fellow Senators and the National Assembly as an institution.
“Furthermore leadership of National Assembly is about the Senator that has the wherewithal to stabilize the legislative institution, working with the executive and judicial arm of government to be effective and perform to their optimal capacity.
“In addition, we are aware of the fact that ALL Senators from the North Central zone have taken a firm position that they are only interested in the office of the Senate President which has been earlier zoned by the National Working Committee of our party and we are also aware that North Central Senators have resolved to abide by the resolution of the zone on a single candidate and anything short of this is an attempt to jeopardize the collective interest of the zone.
“Of the 59 Senators of the APC, 35 of us present here today hereby reaffirm our collective commitment and resolution to ensure that the candidature of Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki as the Senate President of 8th Assembly.
“We have also resolved that the office of the Deputy Senate President be zoned to the North East”.