Sen. Lawal Ahmed is APC’s Choice for Senate President – Issa Onilu

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) says it will be an exercise in futility for the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to nurse ambition of producing the President of the 9th Senate.

Malam Lanre Issa-Onilu, the APC National Publicity Secretary, stated this at an interactive session with newsmen Wednesday March 27th at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja.

“It will be an exercise in futility for the PDP to want to share from what Nigerians had taken away from them.

Issa-Onilu said that the APC would not share legislative powers with the PDP because, according to him, it is capable of running the government alone.

He said in every democracy any party that had the majority number automatically produces the President of the Senate, and that Nigeria would not be an exception.

Issa-Onilu stated that the APC already had the number to produce the President of the Senate and other leadership positions in the Senate and House of Representatives.

“Nigerians had given us more than we had in the outgoing Senate, so we have enough in terms of numbers of Senators to elect all our officers,” he said.

“It will be an exercise in futility for the PDP to want to share from what Nigerians had taken away from them.

“We don’t need a single vote from the PDP, and in any case, we don’t actually envisage any election on that day.”

Furthermore, he said all the APC needed to do was to present its members to occupy the leadership positions in the Senate and House of Representatives as a collective decision of the party in line with its Constitution.

We don’t need a single vote from the PDP, and in any case, we don’t actually envisage any election on that day

However, Issa-Onilu said the PDP was free to also nominate its candidates if it desired, but added that the APC would not contest any position in the Senate with it or any other opposition party.

According to him, Sen. Lawal Ahmed remains APC’s choice for the President of the Senate in the 9th National Assembly.