Deputy national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Yekeen Nabena has said the party would not allow the main opposition party to upstage it in the emergence of principal officers of the 9th Assembly.
Nabena made the declaration on Wednesday in Abuja while speaking with newsmen.
He said the party was not bothered by the remarks of the incumbent Senate President, Bukola Saraki that outsiders would not decide principal officers for the lawmakers in both chambers of the National Assembly.
The party spokesman said the ruling party would no longer repeat the mistakes of 2015 when its chieftains not endorsed by the party emerged as Senate President and Speaker House of Repreaentatives in the persons of Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara.
He said; ” The APC has learnt its lesson from the outgoing National Assembly when impostors masquerading as party men sabotaged our party and hijacked our mandate. Affliction shall not rise up the second time.
“The efforts by the Adams Oshiomhole leadership of the party are commendable in achieving a fair selection and zoning arrangement that appeals to a greater section of the party stakeholders.
“APC has the overwhelming majority party in the National Assembly and has a legitimate right to make its choices on the selection and zoning of principal offices. The APC family is in agreement on the party’s supremacy and the PDP and other opposition parties should focus on their minority positions.
“We are aware of the scheming by Saraki, Dogara and the PDP caucus to interfere with the emergence of the incoming National Assembly leadership. Their plans are bound to fail as the APC is a strong party with unity of purpose,” Nabena said.