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Deadlock: APC chieftains row over who should be speaker



The meeting on Thursday by leaders of the APC to zone political offices ended in a deadlock as it failed to agree on which zone should produce the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

The meeting which held at the Rivers State Governors’ Lodge at Asokoro, Abuja was however adjourned, for more consultations to be made before a final decision could be taken on position sharing.

The meeting came to a deadlock on account of the tussle between leaders of the North-East and South-West for the office of Speaker of the House of Representatives.

The leaders at the meeting, nevertheless, agreed on the zoning of the office of Senate President to the North-Central and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, to the South-East.

It was gathered that the meeting reached a deadlock on the issue of the Speaker as both supporters of the zoning of the office to the North-East and the South-West maintained their grounds.

A source, who was in the meeting, said the meeting at one stage degenerated to a hot verbal exchange between the supporters of the two zones. The development, it was gathered, forced the meeting to mandate the president-elect and the vice-president-elect to resolve the issue on a later date.

A highly placed member of the party, who spoke on condition of anonymity, explained that the APC leadership was only being meticulous. “We have to be careful in dealing with such sensitive issues because we must carry everybody along to eliminate the possibility of having aggrieved members who could be used by our opponents.

Meanwhile, a member of National Executive Council of the APC said that the South-East would not produce any principal officers in the Buhari administration.

The NEC member said the inability of the region to produce a senator or a member of the House of Representatives in the April 11 elections shut out the zone from producing any principal officer.

The NEC member, who spoke on condition of anonymity, explained that the idea of picking a PDP senator-elect or House of Representatives-elect as a principal officer was impossible.

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  1. Apachee zooma

    April 24, 2015 at 6:53 am

    Horse-trading should be expected. But are there no morals in this game? One zone wan collect VP, plus Speaker. Na dem luck sha. Looking at my crystal glass…one party state by 2019. Wanna bet?

  2. Don Lucassi

    April 24, 2015 at 7:20 am

    What’s wrong with you apachee Abi na apoche…is this something new? Besides you forget the Jagaban is from that zone? Didn’t they remove a SW man to place a south south man as party chairman. This game is for the strong. Wasn’t ACN in the background when PDP was the power. MAKE PDP restrategise and magic will happen

  3. de don

    April 24, 2015 at 8:01 am

    Don Lucassi no be fight na shun Apache just yan his own mind..who b APC partisan?

  4. liquasa

    April 24, 2015 at 8:02 am

    see vibration…Don Lucassi chere wayo oo

  5. Don Lucassi

    April 24, 2015 at 9:26 am

    Why say na me una dey face. He talk him own opinion, n I talk my own. My own is it should should be a SW man- Gbaja Biamila Femi….He is alteady the minority whip so the transition and inhouse popularity shouldn’t be a problem

  6. Don Lucassi

    April 24, 2015 at 9:27 am

    I didn’t cry as SfG dey go SE when SE did not vote APC in. Sebi dey where sticking with Jonathan. But cos I like Ngige, I’ll nominate him

  7. damizzle!!

    April 24, 2015 at 9:40 am

    una wahala too much sef,no need to fight,choose me…..

  8. Apachee zooma

    April 24, 2015 at 10:00 am

    Don, i get beef with people wey wan bite more than they can chew. Dat one na greed joor. Solution…they must arrange something for the boys. How and why would they shut the APC door so firmly against gate-crashers? The more, the merrier now. Taking my appeal to Jagaban.

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