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Nigeria’s Northern APC Youth Vanguard (NAYV) have cautioned parliamentarians at the Natioanl assembly against substituting Senator kabir Gaya with Senator Ahmed Lawal for the position of the senate majority leadership position.
In a press statement, signed by its president, Honourable Safiyanu Gafasa, and made available to journalists in Abuja on Wednesday, 17 June 2015. Safiyanu Gafasa said that a situation where someone has prepared himself to serve in a particular office and such office(s) are offered to other persons who are not aspirers could generate bad blood which could slow down the performances of the ruling party at the national level.
Gafasa explained that what transpired in the House of Representatives where Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila who was the preferred candidate for the speakership turned down the position of deputy speaker as compensation for the number one slot which he first lost.
Gafasa who refere to Gbajabiamila’s statement that “Those who declared interest for the position of deputy speaker should be given.” Said NAYV want same to subsist in the senate in the lower chambers of the national assembly.
NAYV said that it is true that Senator Ahmed Lawal was the preferred candidate of the APC for the position of senate president but the sudden twist of event to short change Senate Kabiru Gaya who declared interest in the position of the senate majority leader before the inauguration of the 8th senate could deepen the crisis ravaging the party and polarise it permanently if Senator Gaya was denied the position.
Gafasa therefore urged Senator Lawal, Senate President Bukola Sarki and all those who nominate and voted for him at the inauguration of the 8th senate for interest of peace and development to tow the line of Femi Gbajabiamila and support senator Gaya in his ambition because the Kano South senator has paid his due in the party and the senate.
Gafasa said “We therefore urge Senator Lawal, Senate President Bukola Sarki and all those who nominate and voted for him at the inauguration of the 8th senate to, for the interest of peace and development, follow the steps of Dogara’s group and support senator Gaya for the position of the senate majority Leader.”
Northern APC Youth Vanguard also advised the APC leadership and senators that the victory of the APC came as a result of endless crisis that rocked the former ruling party which must be avoided in the APC.
NAYV also reiterated that if there was anything that should stop the former Kano governor from clinching the position, it would be senate standing order which Gaya has already crossed. It quoted Chapter II (2) of the senate order thus, “the following order shall apply: (i) senators returning based on number of times re-elected,” They further said that the standing order further states that only senators who have been returned based on number of times re-elected should form the nucleus of the leadership of the new senate.
The northern youths said that whoever stands in the way of Gaya for what he has done for youths in the north and the party has does not have the interest of the party at heart, as a threat to Gaya’s ambition is a threat to northern youths.
NAYV -“The situation that is playing out in the National Assembly has continue to give Nigerians misty hope that the “change” they expect from the victory of the APC in 2015 election has become burden as their yearnings seem to be swapped with status quo of the past where good governance and development was a mirage”.