The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has vehemently rejected attempt by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to introduce secret balloting for the election of the 9th National Assembly leadership.
PDP had argued that secret ballot would safeguard the independence of lawmakers in choosing the next Senate President and Speaker of the House.
Lanre Issa-Onilu, the National Publicity Secretary of the APC, however said that secret ballot is unknown to any sanitary democratic practice.
“That is the extent to which they (PDP) are democratic. Why secret ballot? What are they afraid of? That they cannot stand by what they believe in and for the public to know where they stand.
“Secret ballot is not known to any sanitary democratic practice. It is only people with hidden agenda that look for secret ballot anywhere. If you believe in something you should be able to stand for it.”
“We understand that the PDP has never stood for anything good; so, we know why they want secret ballot.
“But in any case, what we are doing as the ruling party and a majority party and the party that has the responsibility to superintend over the affairs of the National Assembly is kept under wraps.
“On the day of the election, the nation will get to see what the majority represents,” the APC spokesman said.
The ruling party had anointed Senator Ahmed Lawan for the position of Senate President. However, Senator Ali Ndume and Senator Danjuma Goje have both declared their interest in contesting the position against APC support.
Also, Femi Gbajabiamila from Lagos State had been anointed by the ruling party for the position of Speaker. Decision APC lawmakers from the North-Central region are not happy about.
The opposition PDP might take advantage of these disagreements among the members of the ruling party on Election Day.
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