This was disclosed on Thursday by the Abbas/Kalu Campaign Secretariat in a press release. The submission of the Abbas/Kalu Campaign secretariat follows Wednesday's meeting between the President and newly-elected Senate members.
On Wednesday, Tinubu reportedly met with the Nigeria Governors' Forum and 10th Senate members-elect, including aspirants for Senate President who are unhappy with the APC plan.
In a statement titled '10th Assembly: Tinubu Remains Firm on APC's Endorsed Candidates... Appeals to Governors, Lawmakers-elect to Work for Party's Candidates... as Wase, Jaji Boycott Meeting with President,' the Abbas/Kalu Campaign secretariat noted that Tinubu was steadfast in his support for the party's consensus candidates and it does not appear that he will change his mind.
The Abbas/Kalu Campaign secretariat revealed that most of the aggrieved aspirants who constituted the G7 have resigned due to President Tinubu's intervention. The Abbas/Kalu campaign claimed that most of the G-7 members resigned after Tinubu's intervention.
The statement said, “On Wednesday night, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu met with senators-elect and members-elect of the APC at the Presidential Villa. APC governors and other leaders of the party were in attendance.
“Tinubu spoke firmly on the need to work for the victory of the APC’s candidates for the 10th NASS leadership. He appealed to/begged them to work for Akpabio, Abbas, Barau and Kalu. He said the success of his administration largely depends on whether or not he gets it right with the leadership of the National Assembly. He urged them to see reason with him. He said the candidates were chosen for the stability of the nation.
“Aspirants for Speaker such as Muktar Betara, Gagdi, Miriam, Sada Soli were present. But Ahmed Idris Wase and Aminu Sani Jaji were conspicuously absent, although they got an invitation for the meeting.
“Wase had said during the House valedictory session on Wednesday that he would go ahead to contest for the Speaker’s seat because it has been prophesied that he would become Speaker. There is the likelihood that only Wase would go to the floor to contest, while others may step down after the President’s appeal.”
In May, the APC named Godswill Akpabio (Akwa-Ibom/South-South) Senate President, Jibrin Barau (Kano/North-West) Deputy Senate President, Tajudeen Abbas (Kaduna/North-West) Speaker, and Benjamin Kalu (Abia/South-East) Deputy Speaker.