Over Senate Leadership Crisis, APC Govs Try To Intervene

Governors of the All Progressive Congress have resolved to wade into the leadership crisis in the senate after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari to express their displeasure over what is happening in the senate.

Addressing State House correspondents after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, the governors of Imo and Edo states, Rochas Okorocha and Adams Oshiomhole respectively said the senators cannot continue to act in defiance of the party’s directives.

Governor Okorocha said the governors decided to meet with the president because “we are not happy with what is happening within our senators in the National Assembly.

President Muhammadu Buhari flanked by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Governor Nasir El Rufai while Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State and Governor Nyesom Wyke of Rivers State (r) as they discussed after the first meeting between the President and State Governors at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

“We thought we should rub minds with Mr. President and to commend him on the steps taken so far to address the issue of the economy of the nation which is totally in shambles.

And the meeting we had with Mr. President this morning is more reassuring that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Despite this progress, we are worried by pockets of disagreement at the national assembly and we resolve that we came from a party and our party views should be respected and we feel there is need to invite our senators more into the matter and see what we can do. But we believe we came from a party and everyone should respect the party.

“what we are saying is that there shouldn’t be a winner takes it all. We should carry everyone along and accommodate others as suggested by the party” he said.

In his contribution, governor Adams Oshiomhole said what the governors discussed with the president was to emphasised the supremacy of the party.

“Basically, what we are saying is that senators should adopt the position of the party because we all got elected on the platform of the party. We are not just a collection of individuals, we are a political party. And when the party has spoken, you must listen, otherwise, if it was a game of individual like golf, then individuals can go their way.

“I think its very clear at this point that the party has a responsibility to keep the system going. So we are progressive governors, we’ve listened to the president, we’ve discussed extensively and we are clear that the party must be supported by the senators. This is the way it should be and we should start on working closely. We as governors listen to the party and we expect our senators to do same. Like Okorocha said, we are going to call them and tell them this is it. And explain our reasons to them. It’s party supremacy” he said.


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