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Opposition Parties Kick Against Wike, Akpabio’s Move to Impose Minority Leadership of 10th National Assembly

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The Minority caucus of the 10th Senate has stated that it will resist any attempt to destabilise the leadership of the opposition parties.

The caucus made this known in a statement on Saturday signed by the stakeholders in the minority Senate.

Some of those who signed are the leader of the caucus, Senator Adamu Aliero; former governor of Sokoto state, Senator Aminu Tambuwal; Senator Seriake Dickson and Senator Abdul Ningi.

Others are Senator Abba Moro, Senator Francis Onyewuchi, Senator Sumaila Kawu, and Senator Ifeanyi Ubah.

Last Thursday, the former governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, visited the Senate Complex and was hosted by the Senate President, GodsWill Akpabio and the Deputy Senate President, Jibrin Barau.

Others who were also at the meeting were Senators like Salihu Mustapha ( APC Kwara Central), Jibril Isah ( APC Kogi East ) as well as the recently appointed Senior Special Assistant, National Assembly Matters ( Senate ) to President Bola Tinubu, Senator Abdullahi Abubakar Gumel.

Following the meeting, sources alleged that Wike was trying to usurp the minority caucus by ensuring his men emerged in the minority leadership.

Responding to the news, the minority caucus stated that it would vehemently resist such an attempt

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The caucus stated, ” It has come to the notice of the Minority Political Parties in the Senate of an attempt by forces inside and outside the Senate to divide the Minority Parties and foist a pliant and compromised leadership on them.

“We have pledged to work constructively with the new Senate leadership and the Executive branch to deliver good governance to the Nigerian people.

“We consequently hereby advise and caution that they should not aid any group inside or outside the Senate to divide and destabilise the minority parties and the Senate institution.”

The lawmakers further stated that Senators of the minority Parties would meet when the Senate reconvenes and, in consultation with our respective political parties, would select its leaders without undue interference from anti-democratic forces within or outside the Senate.

The Senate minority noted, “For the avoidance of doubt, no Senator has yet been endorsed or selected for any Minority position as this would await due process as agreed by all Minority Parties in their last meeting.

“Attempts to foist a one-party dictatorship would be resisted and would fail.

“We call on all members of the Minority Political Parties to work together in unity to defend the democratic institution of the Senate and Nigeria.”


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