Salihu Lukman, the national vice chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the North-West, claimed on Wednesday that the APC leadership is covertly working against the zoning plan the party adopted for the 10th National Assembly leadership.
Senator Abdullahi Adamu, the National Chairman of the APC, was charged by Lukman with acting as a factional leader in opposition to the zoning choices that the National Working Committee had adopted following proper deliberations with President Bola Tinubu.
Other candidates in the contest were incensed by the APC’s previous adoption of Abbas and Benjamin Kalu, the newly elected representative for Imo, as its nominees for the Speaker and Deputy Speaker positions, respectively.
The party micro-zoned the positions of Senate President and Deputy Senate President to the former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, and to Senator Jibrin Barau, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations.a
According to an earlier reporr in ENIGERIA, Adamu cautioned members and supporters not to refer to Abbas as the incoming Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Adamu claimed that ongoing discussions with other candidates who are still in the running for office as well as other legislative stakeholders.
But Lukman was adamant that Adamu and a select few others were going to use their persistent “hardcore ethnic Northern arguments” to ensure that the 2015 model of rebellious leadership emerged in the 10th National Assembly.
The popular Kaduna politician made the accusation in statement released in Abuja on Wednesday morning titled “APC and Transition Politics.”
The allegation is coming 13 days to the election of principal officers into the leadership of Senate and House of Representatives.
He said, “The same conservative bloc is now spewing up hardcore ethnic Northern arguments against the zoning decisions approved by the NWC following the outcome of consultations between Sen. Abdullahi Adamu-led NWC team with President Tinubu. As if those consultations were not designed to produce agreements, once the NWC approved the recommendation for zoning the leadership of the 10th National Assembly.
“Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, instead of acting as the National Chairman, facilitating implementation of decisions of organs of the party, is acting as a factional leader opposing the decision of the NWC. Instead of working for the success of the decision of the NWC through activating meetings of higher organs of the party to confer more legitimacy to the decision of the NWC, he seems to be more interested in ensuring that the 2015 model of rebellious leadership emerge in the 10th National Assembly.”