The Senator-elect for the Osun East Senatorial District, Mr Francis Fadahunsi, on Friday said that the directive by the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, to senators-elect from the party regarding the election of principal officers for the 9th Assembly was like a head teacher giving instructions to his pupils.
Fadahunsi, in a press statement signed by his media assistant, Sam Segun-Progress, cautioned that with the way the party was going about the issue, it could present Senator Ahmed Lawan as a stooge of the executive.
The statement partly read, “What is the business of the executive with the election of principal officers of the National Assembly?
The way the party is going about it is exposing Senator Lawan. The action of the National Chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole, is like that of a headmaster giving instructions to his pupils.
“The APC ought to be discreet with its lobbying, not grandstanding about imposing an anointed candidate on senators. This is because the party is exposing Senator Lawan to the danger of being viewed and labelled as a stooge of the executive.
Senate Presidency: I Can’t Appoint Or Impose Anyone On The Senate – Oshiomhole
Adams Oshiomhole has said that contrary to claims in some quarters, he does not possess the power to chose who becomes the Senate President of the 9th National Assembly (NASS).
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) made this statement on Friday while featuring as a guest on Channels Television’s Hard Copy.
He said all that he has done with regards to the issue of who becomes president of the 9th NASS, is to engage members of the National Assembly and members of the executive, in a bid to bring the two together to discuss questions of how the party can manage its huge majority in the parliament.
Oshiomhole said he stressed that he has no power to appoint or impose anyone on the Senate.
“Do I look like someone who can appoint and impose somebody on the Senate, even if I wished to?” Oshiomhole asked.
He said all he has is the power to “persuade, the power to negotiate and the power to point out what might go wrong” if the party does not organise itself as to obtain a process for electing leadership.
Oshiomhole also assured that each of the six geopolitical zones will have a principal officer in the Senate and a principal officer in the House of Representatives.
“What that Principal officer will be, has not been resolved, we are currently discussing the zoning,” he added.