10th Assembly: Adamu working against zoning arrangement, says Lukman
The National Vice Chairman of All Progressives Congress for North-West, Salihu Lukman, on Wednesday, alleged that the leadership of the APC is subtly working against the zoning arrangement adopted by the party for leadership of the 10th National Assembly.
Lukman accused the National Chairman of APC, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, of acting as a factional leader opposing the zoning decisions approved by the National Working Committee after due consultations with President Bola Tinubu.
The APC had earlier adopted Abbas and Imo rep-elect, Benjamin Kalu, as its candidates for Speaker and Deputy Speaker seats respectively, a situation that sparked outrage from other aspirants in the race.
In the upper chamber, the party micro-zoned the position of Senate president to the immediate past Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio and Deputy Senate President to the Chairman of Senate Committee on Appropriation, Senator Jibrin Barau.
Adamu had warned supporters and some lawmakers to stop addressing Abbas as the incoming Speaker of House of Representatives.
Adamu averred there is an ongoing consultation with other aspirants still in the race and other legislative stakeholders.
But Lukman strongly believed that Adamu and few others are determined to ensure that the 2015 model of rebellious leadership emerge in the 10th National Assembly through their consistent ‘hardcore ethnic Northern arguments.’
The popular Kaduna politician made the accusation in statement released in Abuja on Wednesday morning titled “APC and Transition Politics.”
The allegation is coming 13 days to the election of principal officers into the leadership of Senate and House of Representatives.
He said, “The same conservative bloc is now spewing up hardcore ethnic Northern arguments against the zoning decisions approved by the NWC following the outcome of consultations between Sen. Abdullahi Adamu-led NWC team with President Tinubu. As if those consultations were not designed to produce agreements, once the NWC approved the recommendation for zoning the leadership of the 10th National Assembly.
“Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, instead of acting as the National Chairman, facilitating implementation of decisions of organs of the party, is acting as a factional leader opposing the decision of the NWC. Instead of working for the success of the decision of the NWC through activating meetings of higher organs of the party to confer more legitimacy to the decision of the NWC, he seems to be more interested in ensuring that the 2015 model of rebellious leadership emerge in the 10th National Assembly.”