The leadership All Progressives Congress and the party’s governors have endorsed Senator Ahmed Lawan and Femi Gbajabimiala as the Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives for the 9th national assembly.
The party has therefore given its National Assembly members the nod to negotiate with the opposition parties .
The endorsement of Lawan and Gbajabiamila put to rest speculations that former governors in the national assembly were against the election of the duo as leaders of the two chambers of the national assembly.
Gov. Kashim Shettima of Borno , who spoke on behalf of his colleagues said the only way APC governors can show appreciation to President Buhari is for them to support his programmes and political decisions.
“All our governors including those coming to the senate are 100 per cent in support of our party’s stance as far as election of new leadership for the national assembly is concerned.
“As far as Borno is concern, we are in alignment with the aspirations of Mr President and that of our party.
“Whoever the party endorses for any position, we will solely stand behind such a person because party discipline is absolutely essential for the sustainability of our democratic experiment.
“If everyone is to vote according to his own free will surely that would be a recipe for disaster or confusion.
“So, we have to align ourselves with the aspirations of the president,’’ he said.
Corroboting Shettima, the party’s National Publicity Secretary Lanre Issa-Onilu, said the party understands that a stable and peaceful National Assembly would enhance its capacity to deliver more for the people of Nigeria.
He said that the party will announce its zoning arrangement for the National Assembly leadership in the coming days.
According to him, national interest is guiding the ongoing rapprochement between APC’s candidates and members-elect from the opposition.
Issa-Onilu said: “It is just part of politics and in a democracy, consensus is a key element. To have a smooth sail in the National Assembly, you don’t go to the floor pretending that the opposition parties do not exist.
“Even if the opposition parties cannot defeat you, in the spirit of national interest, you must work with them. We want to run a government of inclusiveness, we need every party.
“We will support every effort by our candidates for principal offices in the Senate and the House of Representatives to carry elected members from the opposition along.