Several members of the All Progressives Congress’ faction in the House of Reps known as the Loyalists Group on Sunday denied that the leadership tussle in the legislature was over, contrary to Saturday’s public announcement by key figures of the group.
Rather, the lawmakers said there could only be “genuine agreement” on how to achieve peace in the House if the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, sever his “unholy ties” with the PDP members of the House.
This came amid mounting tension ahead of the rescheduled resumption of the House on Tuesday.
Dogara is also set to name the principal officers of the House. However, the loyalists insisted that discussions on peace must be with all the members of the group lead by a former Minority Leader of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila.
The members, who addressed a news conference in Abuja, argued that an APC-dominated legislature with a leadership by the PDP was not their idea of the change the APC worked hard to attain at the polls.
The spokesman for the group, Nasir Zangon-Daura, gave this position at the news conference.
Zangon-Daura denied that any concessions or offers on how to resolve the crisis had been offered to the group, against a position taken by key members of the group in Abuja on Saturday.
Zangon-Daura said, “To have a genuine agreement that is not tainted by the PDP, the Dogara group will have to first of all cut off the umbilical cord between it and the PDP and secondly, engage in candid reconciliatory discussions with our group as a whole through our approved members under the leadership of Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila.
“We are, however, aware of the Trojan offers of party principal officers’ positions being made to individuals in our group in their individual capacities in order to lure them from our group.
“We, hereby, restate for the avoidance of any doubt that this struggle is not about Femi Gbjabiamila, Yakubu Dogara, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa, Mohammed Monguno or Pally Iriase.
“This is about being loyal and committed to the party’s manifesto…”