President Muhammadu Buhari has urged members of the All Progressives Congress, APC in the National Assembly to accept the supremacy of the party and put aside their personal interest and ambition for the general interest of democracy.
He stated this during the National Executive Committee meeting of the party in Abuja earlier today.
The APC has been embroiled in crisis following the emergence of Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara as Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives, respectively, on June 9.
The crisis took another dimension when the Senate rejected the party’s choices for the remaining principal offices of the house.
The House of Representatives is also sharply divided into two factions over names its principal officers.
Mr. Buhari asked the lawmakers to pocket their personal interests and put that of the APC ahead so that it would work.
“Let the system work,” he said. “I appeal to you to accept the superiority of the party. I cannot confine myself in Sambisa forest and refuse to participate in the meeting because I respect the superiority of the party.
“Let us as members of APC no matter our personal differences, get together and meet the mandate given to us by this country.
”This is my personal appeal and, in the name of God, whatever your personal interest is and ambition, please keep it close to your heart and in your pocket.
”Let APC work and let this system work and let us have a government that will earn the respect of our constituencies.
”I appeal to you to please continue working together and please accept the superiority of the party….because I respect the superiority of the party,” he said.
The president congratulated the APC Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, for leading the party to victory and acknowledged the presence of the president of the Senate and speaker of the House of Representatives.
However, APC national leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Former Chairman of the Party Bisi Akande did not attend the NEC meeting.
Messrs. Senate President Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara were present at the meeting.