The national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Tinubu has admonished the party’s newly elected lawmakers to support Ahmed Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila, or they will be whipped out of the party.
Tinubu, while speaking with newsmen in Lagos, after a prayer programme organised by Islamic and Christian clerics to mark his 67th birthday, said the party discipline must be followed in the leadership tussle of the 9th National Assembly.
The APC leadership recently confirmed the party’s support for Yobe senator, Ahmed Lawan to become the next Senate President. Lagos lawmaker and Mr Tinubu’s protege, Femi Gbajabiamila, was also endorsed to become the Speaker of the House of Representatives
Tinubu said “Party discipline is key, we must be discipline in the party. We were a little careless in 2015. We created the opportunity for the serpent to get into our party and that did not allow Nigeria to make the desired progress.
“You have seen the result of it and we are not going to allow that to happen again. We are going to respect our party and we are going to apply the whip.”
“It is either you stay with us or you follow us or you leave. You have the freedom to choose but the freedom does not give you as a minority to go and collaborate and protrude our mandate given to you to another party who was our opposition and who is still our opposition.” He said
The move was condemned by other APC lawmakers, including Borno senator, Ali Ndume who seeks to be the Senate president and vowed to continue with his ambition, saying he enjoys the support of many of the elected APC senators.
A Gombe senator, Danjuma Goje, is also in the race to be Senate President.
The APC enjoys a clear majority in the incoming Senate, winning over 60 of the 109 Senate seats and is expected to produce the Senate president