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The President spoke yesterday on the National Assembly crisis, saying he expected the All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers to toe the party’s line in the election of principal officers.

Senate President Bukola Saraki yesterday announced the names of principal officers and adjourned plenary till July 21.

President Muhammadu Buhari said: “The party did a straw poll – an open and transparent one – which should have been respected. There is no confusion about anything. The party did a process, the President had wished that the party would take that to the very end but that didn’t happen, ” presidential spokesman Garba Shehu said.

“The President has a responsibility to the party; the President has a responsibility to the nation and as far as we are looking at the situation, it has not gotten out of control. It is still within manageable parameters; it is a little storm. We will overcome and Nigerians better get used to it, ” he added while speaking on Channels Television.

Although APC senators maintained the peace inspite of the disagreement of the Senator Ahmed Lawan‘s supporters with the list of principal officers announced by Saraki, which is in contradiction to that sent to the Senate President by the APC, the party rejected Saraki’s list.

On Saraki’s list are: Senate Leader Ali Ndume (Borno South), who is standing trial for alleged link to the terrorist sect, Boko Haram, Bala Ibn Na’Allah (Kebbi) Deputy Leader and Francis Alimikhena (Edo) Deputy Chief Whip. The name of the Chief Whip was not read.

Last night, APC National Secretary Mai Mala Buni issued a statement tittled: “National Assembly crisis: We stand on our list of principal officers.”

The statement said: “The All Progressives Congress (APC) has strongly condemned what transpired at both chambers of the National Assembly on Thursday, June 25th 2015.

“The party stands by the list sent by the party to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

“The National Caucus, Board of Trustees (BOT) and National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party will meet within the next few days to discuss the evolving developments in the National Assembly.”

On the party’s list are Lawan (Majority Leader); Prof. Sola Adeyeye (Chief Whip); Sen. George Akume (Deputy Majority Leader); and Sen. Abu Ibrahim (Deputy Chief Whip).

For the House, the party listed Gbajabiamila (House Leader); Hon. Alhassan Ado Doguwa (Deputy House Leader); M. T. Monguno (Chief Whip) and Hon. Pally Iriase (Deputy Chief Whip).

The President was expected to show leadership in the resolution of the crisis, but, according to Shehu, he offered not to interfere to assert the independence of the legislature.

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