In a statement on Wednesday in Abuja, the All Progressives Congress (APC) national spokesman, Lanre Isa-Onilu, said the ruling party won’t share power with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the national assembly.
Flashback: The APC did not want to share power with the PDP in 2015 either. Division within its ranks however led to the election of a PDP senator, Ike Ekweremadu, as deputy senate president. Currently both the senate president, Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, are members of the opposition PDP.
Isa-Onilu said there won’t be a repeat this time:
- The party has endorsed Ahmed Lawan for the senate presidency. It said on Wednesday that its decision is final whether or not the PDP decides to front its own candidate. Bottomline: If the APC avoids divisions this time, it should have no problems enforcing its position as there are 65 APC senators-elect (more than half of the 109 who would sit in the senate.)
- No power sharing with PDP: “We are not going to share powers, including what the PDP people call juicy committees and we call strategic committees, with people that Nigerians have rejected. They are exclusive for the APC.”
- Sharing with the PDP, according to the APC spokesman, would amount to betrayal, because the PDP was “rejected” by Nigerians.
- “It is winner takes all. Once you win, you take whatever you want. There is no room for power sharing.”
3. Working on the Zoning Formula: Isa-Onilu disclosed that the zoning formula for other leadership positions in the National Assembly is currently being worked out by the party. “We will come out to tell you what the zoning formula will be for the remaining positions in the Senate and also in the House of Representatives very shortly.”
Bottom Line: The APC is in a stronger position this time, and they have the benefit of the 2015 experience to guide them, but it would be unwise to assume that there won’t be push-backs even from APC lawmakers dissatisfied with the party’s position.