APC govs wade into Adamu, NASS presiding officers’ feud

The Progressive Governors’ Forum has pledged to intervene in the conflict between the ruling All Progressives Congress and the presiding leaders of the National Assembly over the choice of principal officers.

The move, which many believe was a deliberate effort to douse the growing tension in the party, is coming hours after the National Chairman of the APC, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, disowned the new appointees announced on Tuesday by Senate President, Godswill Akpabio and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abbas.

Adamu, who labelled their appointment as a ‘rumour’ at the crucial meeting of the National Working Committee and the governors, said the party has not officially communicated with the presiding officers.

His rebuttal is coming in the wake of reports that Akpabio had named Ekiti Central lawmaker, Opeyemi Bamidele, as the 10th Senate Majority Leader

The Senate President also announced Senator Dave Umahi (Ebonyi South) as Deputy Majority Leader, Ali Ndume (Borno South) as Chief Whip, and Lola Ashiru (Kwara South) as the Deputy Whip.

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But the governors believed the action was a result of a communication gap between the party and the party’s high-ranking legislators.

Addressing newsmen after their meeting with the NWC, the PGF Chairman and Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, promised that the PGF will resolve the conflict with the aid of the APC internal mechanism.

He said, “Don’t let us misquote him. The chairman never said that they (Akpabio and Abbas) are on their own. The National Assembly leadership belongs to our great party and they enjoy our support.

“If there is a communication gap anywhere, we will make it up. We have our internal mechanism for resolving such things. The National Assembly leadership enjoys the support of the Progressives Governors Forum and of our party. We don’t have any problem at all.

“We congratulated ourselves in the way and manner the leadership of the National Assembly election was conducted. We now have a Senate President, his Deputy Senate President, Speaker and his deputy who we are very confident will do well,” he stated.

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The Imo governor also debunked the growing report that Adamu has handed the audited account of the APC for scrutiny ahead of the National Caucus meeting slated for July 10.

“In the course of the conversation, the chairman did mention that in keeping with the Electoral Act, they (NWC) are working on having an audited account that will be presented at the national caucus meeting. It was just mentioned. It has not been presented,” he said.

In attendance were Governors Mai Mala Buni of Yobe, Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos), Yahaya Bello (Kogi), Abdullahi Sule (Nasarawa), Mohammed Bago (Niger), Uba Sani (Kaduna) and Inuwa Yahaya (Gombe), Nasir Idris (Kebbi).

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