The national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has said that the party will not repeat the same “mistakes” made in the 8th assembly.
According to him, the APC will not entrust the leadership of critical committees in the House of Representatives with the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the next parliament.
Oshiomhole urged the elected APC lawmakers not to share what belongs to the party with anyone, especially the opposition.
Oshiomhole stated this at a dinner hosted by President Muhammadu Buhari for elected APC lawmakers at the banquet hall of the presidential villa in Abuja on Tuesday.
He said: “We cannot as a party which has a comfortable majority, entrust critical committees in the hands of the PDP or opposition.
“If Nigerians wanted them, they could have voted them. In the days of PDP, every committee were chaired by PDP members.
“In life, mistakes are permitted. But it becomes a problem if the mistake is repeated twice. We are determined not to repeat the mistakes of 2015 in 2019, we have learnt our lesson,” he warned.
”Out of 223 APC elected members, 67 were re-elected, the rest are new members.
”In other climes, you don’t go into coalition when you are in the majority, you do so when you don’t have the numbers. We have the numbers, out of 360, Nigerians elected 223 APC members because they don’t want Mr President to face the trauma of 2015.”
Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara emerged leaders of the country’s bicameral legislature in 2015 against the wish of the APC.
The duo, however, defected to the PDP in 2018 and allegedly appointed the leadership of some critical committees to the PDP.