AHEAD of the inauguration of the 10th National Assembly, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Senator Abdullahi Adamu has said that the party was yet to retain its Presiding officers positions for the Senate and the House of Representatives.
Speaking with Journalists shortly after he cast his vote at his Keffi, Nasarawa State, and country home on Saturday, Adamu described as fake, the widely reported news of the zoning arrangements in the National Assembly.
The APC National Chairman expressed surprise why politicians should engage in what he described as wishful thinking instead of awaiting the official pronouncement from the party.
Adamu who was reacting to a news report that Senator Barau Jibrin, APC, Kano North was being favoured to emerge as the President of the Senate because the APC had zoned the Senate Presidency to the North West, said, “The report about the zoning arrangements for the 10th National Assembly is fake news. We have not done any zoning.
“I have said it several times without a number since Monday. I am still saying the same thing. No zoning has been established yet and agreed to.
“No zoning has been made public. Anybody who is saying anything, is a rumour. It’s a wishful rumour.
Also in a statement titled, “APC Yet To Zone Key 10th National Assembly Positions,” signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Felix Morka, on Saturday, described stories of the zoning arrangements as false and misleading.
Morka said, “The attention of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been drawn to a report circulating on social media on purported zoning of key positions of the incoming 10th National Assembly. The report is false and misleading, and should be disregarded in its entirety.
“The Party has not made any decision on zoning of positions or offices of the 10th Assembly.
“As soon as a decision is made on zoning, it will be made public through the Party’s official communications channel.”
The misleading reports which was published by major newspapers on Saturday had claimed that the APC had finally opted to zone the Senate Presidency position to the North West geopolitical zone, making the “odds to clearly favour Senator Barau Jibrin.”
The false report claimed that the decision on zoning was reached on Friday night, by the leadership of the APC after consulting with the President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
“The decision takes pre-eminence over earlier suggestions in some quarters to zone the position to the South,” it further claimed.