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It will be strange for APC to have ‘graveyard’ peace, says Oshiomhole


Senate President Bukola Saraki. Photo

• Wants Saraki to quit senate leadership position
• ‘Shuns Buhari’s directive on aspirant’

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, says it will be strange if the ruling party is experiencing “graveyard peace.”

He also said it was only morally right for the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, to resign his position as he belongs to the minority party.

Oshiomhole, who spoke yesterday during a programme on Arise Television, said the APC was prone to controversies “because it is a large party.”

Last week, the party chairman was detained by the Department of State Services (DSS) and grilled for nine hours after some governors alleged that he received bribes during the party’s primary elections across the country.

“We have finished our primaries and we have submitted names to INEC and there are internal procedures for reconciliation and we are working on them.

“We are a large governing party and it will only be strange if we are having graveyard peace. People are allowed to grumble, grumbling is allowed. We should move on and find solutions,” he said.

When asked whether the party still had plans to remove Saraki, he said: “I think it’s about morality. We just had an election in the U.S. The democrats won more members in the congress. Without much ado, the leadership of the house changed. This question didn’t have to arise. Saraki belongs to a minority party as it stands today in the senate. The truth about democracy is that it’s a game of numbers. It’s unacceptable that minority provides leadership over majority.”

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive to the APC that the name of an aspirant who won a primary election in Katsina State be recognized, has allegedly been shunned by Oshiomhole.

The name of the aspirant, Nuhu Danja, who won the primary election held for Bakori/Danja Federal Constituency was claimed to have been wrongly replaced with that of Aminu Tukur, the incumbent.

Tukur had lost the primary election after scoring 305 votes against Danja’s 314 votes.

Speaking to newsmen yesterday, Danja said Buhari’s directive had followed a protest letter from the governor, Aminu Bello Masari, and the party in the state which was addressed to the president, and dated October 23.

The letter, he said, affirmed that he was the rightful winner of the primary and not the person earlier forwarded to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

He alleged that the president’s directive had been ignored by Oshiomhole and the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party. According to him, the matter became important to be addressed quickly as November 17 is the final date for substitution of names with the electoral empire.

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