After experiencing the biggest political defeat in the hands of the opposition at the national assembly, during 2015 NASS leadership election, the leaders of All Progressive Congress is colliding head on by sending conflicting messages to their supporters and the nation at large.
Where as Tinubu vows not to recognize the new leaders at the legislative branch, Buhari indicated that he would work with the new leaders. Here are the statements of the two APC leaders as follows:
“I will never recognize Bukola Saraki as the Senate President. Or how do you want me to recognize a man who deliberately defied his own party because of his personal interest? It is not done anywhere.”
“Therefore, recognizing Bukola as the Senate President after all he had done to our party today, having gone against the wish and pattern of our great party, honestly will amount to endorsing impunity, and which you should all know I will not.”
“For me to recognize Senator Bukola Saraki as the Senate President, he must show remorse for today’s action. He had earlier promised to defy the party and the deed has been done. You don’t do that in politics. “Personal interest must not override that of the party that beget you. It’s a spoken and silent rule of the game, which all and sundry must abide with.
“I’m not God, but as far as this party is concerned, I’m a leader and I know what is good for the party at the appropriate time’’.
According to Premium Times:
“In a somewhat ambiguous response, Mr. Buhari merely said he “noted the outcome of the just-concluded election of leaders of the National Assembly”.
A statement issued by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Femi Adesina, said the president would rather that the process of electing the leaders as initiated and concluded by the All Progressives Congress (APC) had been followed.
Nonetheless, the president took the view that a constitutional process has somewhat occurred, the statement said.
“President Buhari had said in an earlier statement that he did not have any preferred candidate for the Senate and the House of Representatives, and that he was willing to work with whoever the lawmakers elected,” the statement said.
“That sentiment still stands. Though he would have preferred the new leaders to have emerged through the process established by the party”.