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APC Crisis In House Of Reps Takes New Dimension: Speaker, Deputy Dragged To Court

Saraki and DogaraCrisis rocking members of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the House of Representatives has taken a different dimension as members loyal to the leadership of the party have dragged the speaker, Yakubu Dogara, and the deputy, Yusuf Lasun, to court over the allocation of key leadership positions in the house.

Two aggrieved lawmakers are asking a federal high court in Abuja to restrain Dogara from refusing to accept nominees sent by the party leadership as majority leader and deputy; and majority whip and deputy.

Dogara and his supporters were believed to have rejected the party’s nominees, citing federal character principle since the deputy speaker, Lasun, is from the south west.

In a bid to pressure Dogara to shift ground, two loyal APC leadership, Abubakar Abdullahi (Niger State), and Olajide Jimoh (Lagos State), asked the court to grant an order restraining the Messrs Dogara, Yusuf, Clerk of the House, Sani Omolori, from preventing the announcement of the APC’s nominees as principal officers.

The APC lawmakers asked the court to determine whether Section 14 of the Nigerian Constitution on federal character applies to the internal workings of the National Assembly and, in particular, the House of Representatives with respect to the appointment of principal officers and, in particular the positions of Majority Leader, Deputy Majority Leader, Majority Chief Whip, and Majority Deputy Chief Whip.

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“It is an indisputable fact that the positions in question are party positions, that is, principal offices of the APC, albeit that they concomitantly are also principal positions within the House of Representatives,” they said.

“Consequently, the 1st and 2nd Defendants (Speaker and Deputy Speaker) shall in accordance with Article 9.2 of APC constitution, which states, ‘members of the party shall be obligated to affirm the party’s aims and objectives’, implement the party’s aims as contained in the party’s nomination letter”.

Besides, Gbajabiamila, the APC wants Alhassan Doguwa (North West) as Deputy Leader; Mohammed Monguno, (North East), as the House Whip; and Pally Iriase, (South South), as the Deputy Chief Whip. [myad]

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