…Ruling, setback but won’t affect our victory –APC
By Ayo Fadimu
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said it was weighing options available to the party after the Supreme Court judgment on Friday which sacked all the previously elected All Progressives Congress (APC) members in Zamfara State and replaced them with PDP candidates.
In a separate exclusive interview with Nigerian NewsDirect, both PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan and the member representing Ijebu North, Ijebu East and Ijebu Waterside Federal constituency, Hon Adesegun Adekoya described the judgement as a big boost for the party.
Adekoya who said the party is also expecting favourable judgement from election petition tribunals and Appeal courts for its members, added, ”Naturally, when you have this type of judgement in your favour, you do your calculation again and everything being equal, why not go for office of the Senate President, Deputy Senate President, Speaker or Deputy Speakership position”
“Politics of Green and Red chambers is very different, its our business to elect whosoever we want to lead us and not the business of party leaders. We know those with knowledge and wisdom to elect as leaders. Knowledge is different from wisdom. Knowledge is knowing what to say, wisdom is knowning when to say it” Adekoya a two-time legislator, popularly known as Attacker said.
In the meantime, the leadership of PDP would meet this week to take position on the National Assembly leadership election . This was disclosed by Ologbondiyan while interacting with our correspondent.
The party had said it won’t contest leadership positions of the National Assembly with the ruling APC but with the latest development, the party is having a rethink.. Before the Zamfara ruling, the margin used to be 24 but it has now been reduced to 18.
It will be recalled that with the Supreme Court ruling on Zamfara State, APC which had 65 senators before the judgement, now has 62. While PDP which had 41 Senators now has 44 Senators while the Young Progressive Party has one. As it is now, there are two cases that are yet to be determined in Imo State
In the House, PDP now has 130 members-elect, and APC has 203, while the remaining 27 seats are shared by YPP, African Democratic Party (ADP), and African Democratic Movement (ADM), among other smaller parties.
The PDP senatorial candidates, now senators-elect replacing the sacked APC lawmakers, are Ya’u Sahabi (Zamfara North), Mohammed Hassan (Zamfara Central), and Lawani Hassan (Zamfara West) for the senate.
The seven PDP candidates, who are now House of Representatives members-elect, are Umar Dan-Galadima (Kaura-Namoda/Birnin Magaji federal constituency), Bello Hassan Shinkafi (Shinkafi/Zurmi federal constituency), Kabiru Amadu (Gusau/Tsafe federal constituency) Shehu Ahmed (Bungudu/Maru federal constituency), Kabiru Yahaya (Anka/Talata Mafara federal constituency), Ahmed Bakura (Bakura/Maradun federal constituency) and Sulaiman Gum (Gummi/Bukkuyum federal constituency).
However, the Senate Leader, seeking the position of the Senate President in the incoming ninth Senate said yesterday that the ruling by the Supreme Court, which granted victory to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), would not affect his chances of emerging the Senate President in June.
He told journalists in Abuja that whereas the development amounts to a setback for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), his camp was not worried because it has reached out to all Senators across party divides.
Lawan said that the ruling APC was still capable of producing the presiding officers of the Senate and the House of Representatives despite the loss in Zamfara.
He also stated that as a contestant for the post of Senate President, he has been telling his story to all Senators across the geopolitical zones and across party lines, adding that the lawmakers are receptive to his messages and are willing to give him a chance.
It will also be recalled that in the run-up to the 2015, Senate presidency election where Senator Bukola Saraki of APC emerged Senate President and Senator Ike Ekweremadu of PDP was elected as the Deputy Senate President, APC had 64 Senators while PDP had 45