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Ex-Lawmaker wants APC leaders to intervene in Saraki,Tinubu’s feud

Thenational leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been urged not to allow the face- off between the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki and the leader of the party, Senator Bola Tinubu degenerate. A former Senate Deputy Minority Leader, Alhaji Ishaq Adebayo Salman made the call during an interview with newsmen in Ilorin.
Salman who represented Kwara Central in the Senate between1999 - 2003 said the APC leadership’s intervention become necessary so that the APC- led federal government can realise its noble objectives. He suggested that Tinubu,Saraki and other leaders of the party should engage in a dialogue to resolve the impasse.
Speaking on the heels of the recent public confrontation between the two leaders, Salman, said that APC would be the worst hit if the political friction was allowed to fester. Salman, who said that the ruling party should be careful with the way it handled the current political disagreement, added that Nigerians have high expectations of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
Stressing the danger of factionalising the APC due to the problem, the former lawmaker noted that much development and progress would be achieved with unity among individuals and institutions.
The former Senate deputy minority leader, who said that the APC made some mistakes in the process of electing the Senate President, added that attempt to impose leadership of the Senate was against therules of the Senate.
He also said that the alleged imposition of senate president by the executives in 1999 and in the subsequent years caused frequent changes of Senate presidents, adding that leadership stability was later achieved in the Senate when members were allowed to choose their leaders by themselves. He, therefore, advised the party and its chieftains to stop the political friction and move ahead with governance, stressing that the emergence of Senator Saraki could have been a divined intervention to save APC from embarrassment.
He emphasised that Saraki’s election as Senate President followed due process, noting that “it was done after the President’s proclamation letter was read and the Senators in attendance formed the required quorum”.
“The PDP senators based on their strength could have gone ahead to elect one of them as Senate President, if Saraki had not signified interest in the election. Therefore, Saraki had by that singular action saved APC of a monumental embarrassment, “Salman stated.
He pointed out that senators do not usually discuss issues based on political party affiliations, adding that “political party affiliation was only for convenience in the senate”.
Salman urged the APC leadership and the people of Kwara State to give Saraki the necessary support to succeed in his new assignment. He reminded Kwarans that benefits that could come to the state because of the influence of the Senate President are many, ranging from infrastructures and employment opportunities.