APC National Chairman: “The authority and the supremacy of the party have finally been recognized”

Nigeria’s governing party, the All Progressives Congress, APC is finally making headway in putting behind it the crisis that has rocked the party for over a year, the party’s National Chairman, Mr. John Oyegun has said.

Mr. John Oyegun

Mr. John Oyegun

Mr. Oyegun stated this when the new Senate Majority leader, Senator Ahmed Lawan paid him  a courtesy visit at the party’s National Headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

The APC Senate Caucus picked Senator Ahmed Lawan as the Majority Leader and this was officially announced by Senate President Bukola Saraki on January 10 this year.

The APC National Chairman, Mr. John Oyegun said the selection of Senator Lawan as Majority Leader will pave way for positive changes in the party.

“What is important is that the APC caucus in the senate is now a one united body. The APC caucus in the senate will now take full charge, full control and full dominance as the governing party and the majority party in the senate. What is important is that with the action of our partners in the senate, there is now clear, full reconciliation between the National Assembly and the party. It is also clear that given the fact that we are a party of change, certain principles must be observed. What is right is what is right and it is now clear that the authority and the supremacy of the party have finally been recognised which is a critical ingredient to the smooth function of the apparatus of governance.

“Today, we can stand up and tell the whole world with full confidence that this thing they use to refer to as crisis within the APC are now on the way to being fully and permanently behind us. I also want to congratulate our leaders in the south west for the historic meeting that they just had. Reports we got from that meeting are very salutary and comforting that the process of consolidating even in the south west, and that the imaginary differences between leaders of the party in the south west and the national party are on the way to being over” Oyegun said.

Senator Ahmed Lawan on his part said that with the new found unity in the legislator, more progress will be gained in moving Nigeria forward.

“We believe that the trio of the National Assembly, the presidency and the party need to synergise to ensure that we are always working at the same page. The party is a platform for both the President and national Assembly member and therefore we should take this opportunity, work on it, solidify it and ensure that the time we have lost because of some crisis is recovered and we do not have the luxury of wasting more time.

”In fact, Nigerians will be so eager to see what happens in the next few months now that we have a united National Assembly, the presidency and the party. We should be able to perform to the expectations of Nigerians with the limits of the economy” Lawan said.

Senator Lawan stressed that under his leadership, the APC Senate Caucus will always uphold the party’s supremacy.

In another development, the APC Caucus in the Senate has denied reports that it is plotting to remove the Deputy Senate president, Senator Ike Ekweremadu.

Senate Chief whip Mr. Olusola Adeyeye who was present at the courtesy visit and spoke with journalists after the visit said he was part of every meeting by members of the APC in the Senate and there was no time talks on whether to remove Ekweremadu or not were discussed.

Senator Adeyeye described the alleged plot as “mere speculation to overheat the polity”.

It would be recalled that Senator Lawan was the choice of the party and some leaders in the Southwest to be the Senate President when the 8th Assembly was inaugurated in June 2015. But on the day the Senate convened for its first plenary, Senate President Bukola Saraki got the support of the minority party, the Peoples Democratic party, PDP and clinched the position of the Senate president.

Senator Lawan and majority of the APC Senators where not present at the National Assembly that day to contest the position because there were held up at another location for a meeting with the president.

Senate President Bukola Saraki’s emergence created divisions in the APC and the crisis got worse when Senator Saraki refused to adopt Senator Lawan and some other nominees of the party sent by the party leadership for various positions.

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