Monday 3 April 2017

APC to meet senate caucus Tuesday over legislature, executive rift

The All Progressives Congress (APC) says it will meet with its seante caucus on Tuesday over its rift with the executive.

In a statement on Sunday, Bolaji Abdullahi, spokesman of the party, said following the worsening relationship between the two arms of government, the national working committee (NWC) of the APC decided to embark on series of consultations aimed at resolving the impasse.

He recalled that at a recent meeting with the leadership of the house of representatives, John Oyegun, national chairman of the party, pleaded with the principal officers of the lower legislative chamber to continue to support President Muhammadu Buhari even in the face of grievances that may be genuine.

Abdullahi stated that the APC would not support any member of the party or anyone appointed on its platform to disrespect the legislative institution.

“Ahead of the Tuesday meeting with the senate, the party expresses its happiness with the committee set up by President Muhammadu Buhari to re-examine the Executive relationship with the National Assembly,” he said.

“The party considers the committee headed by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo as a step in the right direction, which demonstrates President Buhari’s recognition of the paramount importance of the legislative institution in a democracy.

“The party reiterates its commitment to ensure that the relationship between the two critical arms of government improves further, and commended the national assembly leadership for its maturity and pre-disposition to have all the issues resolved as quickly as possible in the interest of the party and the nation as a whole.”

Abdullahi said that the APC would not hesitate to take appropriate action against any of its member “whose utterances or behaviour is capable of jeopardising the peace initiatives or further worsening the existing situation”.


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