Bolaji Abdullahi, the spokesman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in a statement on behalf of the party has welcomed the sacking of Senator Ali Ndume as the Senate Majority Leader.
Mr. Abdullahi on Tuesday after the replacement of Ndume with Senator Ahmed Lawan said it views the change in leadership “as concrete expression of faith by the APC Senate Caucus in our efforts to resolve the lingering issues that have trailed the election of Senate leadership”.
Yobe State Senator, Lawan, was the party’s preferred candidate for the Senate President. Dr. Bukola Saraki was however elected with the help of the opposition party Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against the wish of APC.
The APC in its statement noted that the sack of Senator Ndume as Senate Majority Leader is good for the party.
“We believe this is a major step forward in our efforts to reunite the various interest groups in that Senate election, thereby presenting a common legislative front for our great party. The statement said.
“We are particularly delighted that the consultations that were initiated towards the end of 2015 between the party caucuses in the National Assembly and the party executives as well as other leading stakeholders of our party has yielded these results and the Senate has demonstrated its willingness to finally submit to the will of the party in this regard,” the statement added.
“Sadly, that directive was not fully complied with at the time. But we are happy to see this change effected, which represents a significant progress in our efforts to build a strong and united party.
“With this development therefore, we are confident that the issues arising from the elections in the Senate in 2015 have been put to rest.”
“We also congratulate Senator Lawan, the new Senate Leader on his election by the APC caucus in the Senate. We hope he will use his vast experience and knowledge to enhance legislative works to further our party’s agenda of change.”
“However, with this latest development, APC has demonstrated its resilience and capacity to resolve its internal differences in order to realise the true change and transformation that we promised Nigerians.”