JUST IN: Tinubu meets Akpabio and others in Abuja amid 10th national assembly tussle (Video)

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The President-elect, Bola Tinubu, has met with Godswill Akpabio and others in Abuja.

The meeting on Tuesday, April 25, 2023, took place barely 24 hours after Tinubu’s arrival in Nigeria.

It is believed that the discussion centered on the upcoming Senate leadership election, which is expected to be keenly contested.

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VIDEO: Tinubu receives Akpabio, others in Abuja

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While Tinubu was away for a month in Europe, the composition of the principal officers of the 10th National Assembly ahead of inauguration has continued to raise questions on the existence of peace or otherwise in the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Critical observers argue that it does not seem the ruling party has learnt anything from its history. In their calculation, there are visible signs that literally, thunder might likely strike twice at the same spot over the National Assembly leadership due to the administrative lapses threatening to cost the APC another opportunity of spearheading the composition of the legislative leadership.

As it stands now, unless a quick intervention comes from the party’s national leadership, the National Working Committee (NWC), to arrest the ugly trends currently building up to wreck the party, there may be a repeat of the 2015 ugly incident when the party’s leadership blew up the chances of installing its desired leadership in the 8th Assembly.

The event which played out in a dramatic style proved to be a costly error from the John Odigie-Oyegun-led leaders of the party that fixed a meeting with members of the party’s newly elected legislators at the International Conference Centre (ICC), Abuja, same day the election for the principal officers of the 8th Assembly was conducted.

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The outcome of that administrative error was regrettable and costly, as the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration continued to heap all the blames of every of its failure and travails on the unwanted leadership of the National Assembly.

Little wonder, the Comrade Adams Oshiomhole-led NWC did not leave anything to chance when it deployed all the machinery into action to ensure the leadership of the 9th Assembly reflects the aspirations and wishes of the party’s leaders and members.

But, thunder seems to likely strike again at the same spot in what appeared like a repeat of the incident of the 8th Assembly with the current chaotic situation witnessed in the build-up to the composition of the principal officers of the 10th National Assembly considering the interests from several elected legislators.

Aspirants from virtually all the geopolitical zones have indicated interest and even pursued with vigour the resolve to contest for the vacant positions at both chambers of the National Assembly without any clear direction or roadmap from the party’s leadership on which zone should rightly produce the legislative leaders.

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From the North West to the South East, North Central, South South and North East, it has been celebration of confusion and rat race interests displayed in the endless jostle for the position for understandable reason that APC currently controls a simple majority at both legislative chambers.

It has become even more chaotic and worrisome that Muslim legislators, in fragrant disregard to the vexatious Muslim-Muslim presidential and vice-presidential joint ticket of the party, have also thrown their hearts into the rings. Many pundits have accused them of sacrificing religious equity and balancing of the political landscape of the country as a secondary consideration.

In the South East geopolitical zone alone, heavyweights like the former governor of Abia State and current Senate Chief Whip, Senator Orji Uzor-Kalu, apparently the most qualified and favoured aspirant, former APC National Organising Secretary, Osita Izunaso and the governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, have all indicated interest to occupy the position.

In the South South, North West, North East and North Central, former governor of Akwa-Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, incumbent Senate President, Ahmad Lawan and Barau Jubril among others have all staked claims to wrest the legislative ticket.

To strengthen their determination and seriousness, the aspirants have intensified lobbying, networking, bribing in both cash and materials, making juicy offers as mouth-watering as SUV Prado Jeep in addition to promise of chairmanship of spicy committee in addition to deployment of all manners of underhand tactics to woo fellow legislators, the camp of President-elect, the presidency and inquisitively the leadership of the ruling party.

However, with Tinubu’s arrival, analysts said he might weigh into the situation to avoid the repeat of 2019.

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