By Alex Agbo in Abuja
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has accepted the leadership of Senate President Bukola Saraki and House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara in order to promote peace within the party.
Rising from a National Executive Committee (NEC) to resolve the party’s leadership crisis in the National Assembly, the Chairman of Progressives Governors’ Forum and Imo State Governor, Anayo Rochas Okorocha, said all the contending factions in the parliament have all agreed to accept peace.
The meeting was attended by President Muhammadu Buhari, party Chairman John Oyegun, Saraki, Dogara, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, some of the party’s governors and National Assembly members.
But Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, former Interim National Chairman Bisi Akande and the party’s National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu were absent at the meeting.
Okorocha said: “I’m aware that the entire nation has been waiting for the outcome of this meeting. Peace is at sight. We have all agreed to accept peace. Peace has returned to the party.” But he said discussions were still going on to resolve the distribution of other positions in the assembly.
He said the various factions of the party in the National Assembly have agreed to work together for the unity of the parliament and the country.
The APC has been plunged into a leadership crisis following the emergence of Saraki and Dogara as Senate President and Speaker against the decision of the party which endorsed other candidates for the two positions. Their emergence were also to affect the distribution of other principal positions in the parliament.
Speaking when the meeting opened, President Buhari said election has come and gone and the party leaders and National Assembly members should put the election behind them.