UK, Saudi Arabia congratulate Senate President Jaiyeola Andrews and Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun on Friday declared the newly elected President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki as duly elected, an indication that the party was backtracking from its earlier hardline stance against the emergence of Saraki as Senate President and Dogara as Speaker of the House of Representatives.
In a related development, the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia have pledged to work with Saraki. The UK added that it was not bothered by the controversies trailing his emergence.
Oyegun’s position is contrary to that of the national leader of the party, Bola Tinubu who had earlier said Saraki was
not duly elected and that he would not recognise him.
The APC had equally earlier threatened sanction against its members at the National Assembly for not towing the
party’s line in electing their leaders.
On his part, President Muhammadu Buhari said the election was constitutional, but noted that the party’s procedure should have been adhered to.
But Oyegun, who was asked if the APC would accept Saraki as the senate President, during an interview with State House correspondents at the Defence House, Abuja, said:
“Of course, he (Saraki) has been duly elected by his colleagues. We have a reality and we must live with it.” The APC National Chairman added that what transpired at the Senate during the election of its leaders was a party
affair, and as such would be handled by the party. He said: “We have faced greater challenges before and this
too shall pass away.”
On insinuations that the defeat of APC candidates in the national Assembly election would be the beginning of its
end, the party’s national chairman said: “No, It is not the first or second time we have passed through challenges and we came out strong. This may not even be the last time, we come out every time stronger and more determined.”
On his next step, he said: “There is no next step; what has happened is within the APC family and we are sorting it out
within the family. People say they are going to court which is their right, but as a party, we are looking at everything
and we will come out of this stronger.”
On Saraki’s aborted visit to the APC secretariat on Thursday Oyegun said: “Nothing went wrong; there were a lot of consultations and you can’t be in two places at the same time. It was not comfortable for us, but we have been
talking. We don’t want to make a song and dance of it. Everything is being put in proper perspective.”