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Tinubu has Knowledge of Principal Officers Appointment,, Plot to Remove APC Chairman – Sources


According to sources, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu was aware of and supported the appointment of the Majority Principal Officers of the 10th National Assembly.

The announcement of these officers received criticism from APC National Chairman Abdullahi Adamu, who claimed he was not consulted.

However, a source close to the Presidency confirmed that Tinubu was consulted by Senate President Godswill Akpabio and Speaker of the House of Representatives Tajudeen Abbas before the appointments were made.

The source said: “I can confirm to you that President Tinubu was consulted by the Senate President, Godswill Akpabio and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abbas, about the appointments before the Sallah holiday. However, I am surprised that the national chairman of the party is claiming ignorance of it. I am sure the matter will be sorted out. It is an internal matter.”

It is believed that Tinubu is plotting to gain control of the party by installing loyal allies.

The matter is expected to be resolved during the upcoming APC National Caucus and National Executive Committee meetings, which will be attended by Tinubu, his deputy Kashim Shettima, former President Buhari, past and present APC governors, and other party stakeholders.

Senate Majority Leader Opeyemi Bamidele denied claims that the principal officers were appointed based on a list from the Presidency, stating that the appointments were made in a transparent and democratic manner.

He explained that the decision was made by critical stakeholders of the party, including members of the National Working Committee and those already elected into office.

He said: “With regards to the minority, again it was not entirely a party affair, because it wasn’t a typical situation where you have one opposition party, rather six opposition political parties were involved and 50 of our colleagues were also involved. So, rather than it being a decision to be taken at by political parties, it was more of a decision taken by members who were elected on the platform of the six minority parties.

“Thirty-eight of the minority senators, by virtue of their clear signatures, took a decision as to who their leaders will be and of course, this was also communicated to their respective political parties and as democrats, all the presiding officer could do was to follow suit because more than a simple majority, an overwhelming majority, had decided.

“With 26 signatures, we have a simple majority out of 50 senators elected on the platform of the opposition political parties, clearly 38 of them signed and again it was a very clear cut situation and we thank God both ways it was devoid of rancour.”

The minority leaders were chosen by members elected on the platform of six opposition parties, with an overwhelming majority supporting the chosen leaders.

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