A faction of the All Progressives Congress in support of Femi Gbajabiamila at the House of Representatives has rejected the latest zoning proposals on principal officers by the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara.
The group, which calls itself APC Loyalists’ Group in a letter addressed to the party’s National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and dated July 18 formally rejected Dogara’s proposals. It was signed by the spokesman of the group, Mr. Nasir Zangon-Daura.
The letter called on the APC to assert its authority in party affairs rather than continue to allow Dogara get away with what it considered to be disloyalty to the party.
It noted that, having emerged as the speaker against the APC’s initial projection that the South-West should produce the speaker, the members expected Dogara to exhibit the “spirit of give and take” by allowing the APC to decide how the remaining principal offices be shared.
Exerpts from the letter read thus:
“Mr. Chairman, history beckons and posterity will always judge our conduct and contributions to the development of our democracy. A political party is an institution and its supremacy is universal and not a Nigerian coinage.
“It is on record that the Speaker defied the party going into the elections and he is about to repeat such defiance. The party must assert its authority over all its members, the Speaker inclusive, as none of us came to the House as independent candidates and we subscribed expressly and impliedly to the party’s supremacy in political activities.
“Article 9.2 of the APC constitution which we all subscribed to states, ‘Members of the party shall be obligated to affirm the party’s aims and objectives.’ The party’s letter to the Speaker on party positions forms part of the aims and objectives of the party.
“Furthermore, the President (Muhammadu Buhari) himself has spoken severally that the party is supreme and its decision must be obeyed.”
We wait to see how all these turn out.