In its reaction, All Progressives Congress (APC) described as totally unacceptable and the highest level of indiscipline and treachery the conduct of Tuesday’s inauguration of the 8th National Assembly. In a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party said: “Senator Saraki and Hon. Dogara are not the candidates of the APC and a majority of its National Assembly members-elect for the positions of Senate President and House Speaker.
“The party duly met and conducted a straw poll and clear candidates emerged for the posts of Senate President, Deputy Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives, supported by a majority of all Senators-elect and members-elect of the House of Representatives. “All National Assembly memberselect who emerged on the platform of the party are bound by that decision.
“The party is supreme and its interest is superior to that of its individual members. Consequently, the APC leadership is meeting in a bid to reestablish discipline in the party and to mete out the necessary sanctions to all those involved in what is nothing but a monumental act of indiscipline and betrayal to subject the party to ridicule and create obstacles for the new administration”, it said.