The National Publicity of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Lai Mohammed has described the present composition of the leadership of the nation’s National Assembly, the Senate headed by Senator Olusola Saraki, and the House of Representatives, led by Yakubu Dogara, as pro-Peoples Democratic Party.
Mohammed, while speaking on Sunrise Daily on Channels Television Wednesday, stated that the action of some APC members over what happened on Tuesday during the inauguration of the 8th National Assembly, deserves punishment.
“What we have in the Senate now is a pro-PDP Senate which is not in the interest of our party. How do you expect us to sit with Ekweremadu and Mark and discuss matters of national importance?
“These are part of the old Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) order we struggled to defeat at the centre. So how can we then sit down with them to discuss issues of national importance with these people?” he queried.
When reminded that the APC still controls majority at the National Assembly, Mohammed stated that the National Assembly leadership as currently constituted is an ally of the PDP, “because it got its mandate through the block votes of the PDP. Remember, there were only eight APC Senators who voted for Saraki. The balance which is 49 are from PDP. In the House of Representatives, only 30 APC members voted for Yakubu Dogara. So you can see that the National Assembly is pro-PDP.
“They even overreached themselves by naming David Mark as the Senate Leader before they realised the illegality of their action and reversed themselves.”
Mohammed stated further that inasmuch as the party will not want to lose its members, those involved will still be sanctioned because “the indiscipline should not be allowed to go just like that. If this is allowed to go, then it means any member can perpetrate bigger indiscipline and hope to get away with it.”