The Elephant Is Big Enough – President Tinubu Tells Senators-Elect
President Bola Tinubu has appealed to Senators-elect on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), to accept the party’s 10th National Assembly leadership zoning arrangements, adding that the “elephant is big enough for all members to have a share.”
Tinubu made the appeal while addressing over 43 APC senators-elect led by Senator Akpabio at the Aso Rock Villa late Wednesday night, ahead of the June 13 inauguration of the 10th National Assembly.
Recall that the APC had zoned the President of the Senate to the South-South, with former Akwa Ibom State Governor, Senator Godswill Akpabio, as the party’s preferred candidate and Senator Jibrin Barau from North-West as Deputy Senate President.
Tinubu passionately appealed to the senators-elect to toe the lines of the party’s zoning arrangement in electing their presiding officers as he stressed that it was the right thing to do in support of the Renewed Hope agenda of his administration.
Tinubu was quoted by Daily Post as saying that “At this point of our history and challenges facing us as a new administration, all hands must be on deck to salvage the unpalatable situation facing the nation.
“We must see the situation as a pan-Nigerian project for the executive and the legislature to work out solutions to the challenges of the nation.”
According to him, the task ahead to finding solutions to the myriads of national problems cannot come from the executive arm of government alone, but from jointly working together of the executive and the legislature.
Tinubu added that the senators-elect present at the meeting should reach out and pass the appeal to others unavoidably absent to toe the party line and put a leash on all personal ambition in favour of party programme and national interest.
“Talk to your colleagues that are not here to toe the party line and give the Renewed Hope agenda a chance to succeed. The elephant is big enough for all members and indeed Nigerians to have a share of the Renewed Hope in due course.”