2019: Oyegun Takes Proactive Step To End APC, Saraki Rift

By Ikenga Chronicles December 8, 2016

2019: Oyegun Takes Proactive Step To End APC, Saraki Rift

The proactive step taken by the leadership of the All Progressives Congress(APC)to resolve the lingering crisis that has engulfed the party and threatening the re-election of President Muhamamdu Buhari has ended on a positive note.

The meeting which was led by the party chairman, John Oyegun failed to resolve all the contending issues.

Recall that the frosty relationship between the party leadership and its caucus in the Senate arose from the insistence by the leadership of the APC that its preferred candidates Senators Ahmed Lawal and George Akume should
be made Senate President and Deputy Senate President, respectively.

However, Saraki defied the dictates of the party and with the support of senators of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) and several others on the platform of the APC, emerged the President of the Senate while Senator Ike Ekweremadu of the PDP became his deputy.

The situation was made worse when other principal offices in the Senate where handed down to senators other than those penciled down by the party.

Emerging from the meeting on Wednesday, the National Chairman of the APC, John Oyegun, said although there were still some glitches, both sides had accepted to make progress in the interest of peace.

“As far as the party is concerned, we commended the Senate and the entire National Assembly for the way they have worked so far with the executive.”

“We are determined and we concluded that we must work closely together to address some of the glitches that still exist in the relationship between the National Assembly and the executive.”

“We want to assure the general public that they will see results that will lift their spirit in the next few weeks and months to follow. It means that the end is in sight.”

“We have started the process, but there are issues to be resolved and there is no question at all that we are a family and when things have gone wrong, we accept that things have gone wrong and we are determined to right those
wrongs” he said.

In his remarks, Saraki said that the parties accepted to move forward and to work together to ensure that things were done in the right way.

“First of all, formally, we both barred our minds. We told ourselves hard truths but at the end of the day we accepted that certain things were not done properly, but we accepted to move forward, work closely with the party in the interest of building the party because of Nigerians that believe in our party.”

“We need to work closely together and we are hopeful that a new chapter is being opened today, and we are committed to the hopes and aspirations we gave Nigerians who came out to vote a year and a half ago” he said.

On the Senate President’s delegation were the Senate Majority Leader, Senator Ali Ndume; Deputy Senate Leader, Bala Ibn-Na’Allah; and Chief Whip, Olusola Adeyeye, while Oyegun led a team of NWC members.

While speaking earlier, Oyegun lamented that the frosty relationship between the presidency, the party and the National Assembly leadership, which had gone on since the inception of the APC-led administration, had affected the smooth running of government.

He said that the time had come to end the divide and to seek a harmonious working relationship between the party, the executive and APC members in the legislative arm of government to enable the party to deliver good governance to Nigerians.

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