9th NASS: APC commences mobilisation of governors, key chieftains .
A report by Daily Trust indicates that the leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has started mobilising its governors and key chieftains to ensure that the leaderships of both chambers of the National Assembly are core loyalists of the party.
Accordingly, returning members of the APC caucuses in the two chambers, including new comers and the party’s national leadership in Abuja, were now disposed to sorting out issues ahead of the inauguration of the National Assembly.
It was gathered that governors elected on the platform of the APC had been advised to work together with senators and House of Representatives members from their state to ensure the party's choices are respected.
The move by the APC is in reaction to a purported plot by the outgoing Senate President, Bukola Saraki, to influence the emergence of a new Senate leadership when the 9th Senate is inaugurated in June, this year.
The Saraki group was said to have met last week at the Maitama residence of the Senate President where 35 PDP senators-elect agreed to influence the emergence of a new Senate leadership and retain the position of deputy Senate president. The group, which was said to have come up with Plans A, B and C, would sponsor one of them for the position of Senate president in the event two or more members of the APC caucus present themselves for the position on the floor of the Senate.Meanwhile, senators-elect on the platform of the APC have moved against plans to micro-zone the leadership of the Senate to individuals, warning that it would backfire on the party.
A ranking senator-elect, who spoke to a national newspaper on the condition of anonymity, warned that if the APC zoned the leadership positions to individuals, it would generate crisis for the party. According to him, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party was already working to decide who becomes the Senate president, just like in 2015.