The All Progressives Congress has kicked against the election of Senator Bukola Saraki and Hon. Yakubu Dogara as Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives respectively.
The party viewed their election as unacceptable and highest level of indiscipline.
In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Muhammed, the party said it would sanction those involved in the drama.
APC said all legal and constitutionally available channels would be used to effect a remedy.
The party, however, directed its Senators to report to the Senate tomorrow to be sworn in.
49 PDP and 8 APC Senators had elected Saraki making them 57, while 51 other APC Senators were absent at the inauguration.
Below is the full statement:
Emergence of Saraki, Dogara as Senate President, House Speaker
unacceptable to APC
“The All Progressives Congress (APC) has described as totally
unacceptable and the highest level of indiscipline and treachery the
conduct of Tuesday’s inauguration of the National Assembly that led to
the emergence of Senator Bukola Saraki and Hon Yakubu Dogara as Senate
President.and Speaker of the House of Representatives, respectively.
”Senator Bukola 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
members-elect who emerged on the platform of the party are bound by
”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.
“APC decried a situation in which some people, based on nothing but
inordinate ambition and lack of discipline and loyalty, will enter
into an unholy alliance with the very same people whom the party and indeed
the entire country worked hard to replace and sell out the hard won
victory of the Party.
”There can be no higher level of treachery, disloyalty and
insincerity within any party,” the party said, vowing to resolve the
matter using all constitutional and legal means available to it.
Meanwhile, the APC has asked all its loyal Senators-elect to please
report to the Senate to be sworn-in in order to discharge their
constitutional duties.Signed Alhaji Lai Mohammed,National Publicity Secretary,APC