The Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has asked the national leadership of the party to punish the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, for betraying the party to prevent impunity.
According to a statement by its publicity secretary, Mr. Joe Igbokwe, the Lagos APC, said it was saddening and embarrassing that Saraki could ‘jump into bed’ with the Peoples Democratic Party in his desperation for power.
It said “The purported election of Senator Saraki and Dogara as the Senate President and Speaker respectively, is a clear transgression of both the tenets of democracy and party politics. At this early stage, the APC must come down strongly to mete out sanctions and punishments against treacherous members that perpetrated this ugly charade at this early stage of the party’s life and history.
“As a party and given the circumstances of our present politics, the APC stands no risk of being eroded by this treachery. Rather, we see the clear road to enforce discipline in the treacherous conduct of some members of the National Assembly.
“We see the need for the party to wield the big stick now to send a message home that treachery will not profit those who might want to cash in on similar circumstances to spite the party and cash personal benefits in the long run. It is certain that these betrayers are not members of the APC and we feel the party must weigh in now and discipline these betrayers.”
Recall that Senator Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara had defied their party’s order to have Senator Ahmed Lawan and Hon Femi Gbajabiamila as the candidates of the party for the Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives positions respectively, positions which was contested and won by both Saraki and Lawan in the absence of 51 APC senator-elects.