OrderPaperToday – The All Progressives Congress (APC) caucus in the House of Representatives has said only the party hierarchy can determine the sharing of principal officers’ positions in the 9th assembly expected to be inaugurated in June.
The caucus led by House leader, Femi Gbajabiamila expressed this to newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja after its meeting in the national assembly.
Speaking for the caucus, Gbajabiamila said that the party will make the final decision on the matter, adding that it is international best practices to have the party share positions in the principle of party supremacy.
He said the caucus was not focused on the issue of leadership positions for now, but that the APC will be saddled with the responsibility of taking the final decision.
The lawmaker warned caucus members to concede to the supremacy of the party and the majesty of democracy.
The House leader said: “We’re not focused on leadership now, the party will make the final decision. It’s international best practices and we hope party members will concede to party supremacy.”
Meanwhile, the caucus condemned the pockets of violence witnessed in the country during the just concluded general elections and regret the loss of lives which included that of a serving member.
According to the caucus, a contest such as the elections shouldn’t result in the loss of human lives, notwithstanding that the elections were largely free and fair.
The caucus stated that it believes that there was no victor, no vanquished, because the victory belongs to democracy and Nigerians and congratulated the various contestants and parties for their level of competitiveness, and remarkable showing.
While commending the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for conducting credible and perfect elections, the caucus noted that though elections weren’t perfect worldwide, the National Assembly was ready to re- tool the Electoral Act so that by 2023, the country can have a near perfect polls.
“We will look at the Electoral Act amendment bill and we will do reforms; there are perfect elections anywhere in the world, so that by 2023, we will present a near perfect or even perfect electoral law,” Gbajabiamila said.