- The APC House of Representatives caucus is reportedly in a leadership tussle
- The House leader Gbajabiamila was accused of focusing on personal agenda
- He was accused of also plotting to remove the speaker, Dogara
There is reportedly tension among the All Progressives Congress (APC) House of Representatives members over tussle to control the party leadership.
The Punch reports that the tussle is between Femi Gbajabiamila who is the leader of the House, the coordinator of the Parliamentary Support Group (PSG) , Abdulmumin Jibrin, and Musa Serkin-Ada who is a lawmaker from Sokoto state.
Although the three groups have expressed support for President Muhammadu Buhari and his re-election in 2019, Gbajabiamila has reportedly questioned the relevance of the other groups.
Jibrin has also reportedly condemned Gbajabiamila’s rejection of the PSG saying he was more focused on his personal ambition of becoming speaker. He reportedly circulated a text message to APC caucus lawmakers accusing the House leader of bad leadership.
He wrote: “How can the House leader claim that there is one APC caucus when it is a known fact that invitations to caucus meetings are selective? We all know that many of us were not notified/invited to the last caucus meeting with the national chairman for reasons best known to him.
“We want to make it categorically clear to Hon. Femi (Gbajabiamila) that he has not demonstrated uprightness, fairness, equity and justice. (He has) failed to carry everyone along and so some of us cannot trust and follow him as the leader of our caucus. We will announce our own leader on resumption.
“We will pick a competent member from the South-West to lead us. There are many of them in the House. Everything from South-West mustn’t go to Femi. We will meet the national chairman and Asiwaju (Bola Tinubu) to lay our case.
“We will not allow anybody to take advantage of our caucus and his so-called support for our party and Buhari to foster his personal ambition. He has never stood for the party or the President except when he wants to advance his personal ambition. It is time to give others from the South-West the opportunity.
“The inclusion and exclusion style of Hon. Femi has inflicted collateral damage on the unity of our caucus which has resulted in the present factions. And it is time to deal with it before he destroys our party.
“After making spirited but failed attempts through subterranean means to destroy the Parliamentary Support Group, he has factionalised the APC. Is that how he wants to lead?”
Meanwhile, Gbajabiamila, on Friday said the exit of some National Assembly members from the All Progressives Congress(APC) would not undermine the strength or the popularity of the ruling party.
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Gbajabiamila spoke in Lagos while presenting fire extinguishers and balls to traders in markets in his Surulere constituency.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that five markets in Surulere benefitted from the items presented by the lawmaker at the New Tejuosho Ultra-Modern Market.
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