LAGOS— The Lagos chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has urged the rival Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to exert its energies on how to rebuild its crumbled house.

The PDP spokesman in Lagos, Taofik Gani, had in a statement yesterday, accused some unidentified APC leaders of meddlesomeness in the selection of House of Assembly leaders in the state.

According to the statement, there were “confirmed moves of lobbying and coercion of members of the House in order to vote in favour of a particular member not likely to represent the interest of the masses, but the interest of his godfathers.”

But reacting to the allegation, APC spokesman, Joe Igbokwe, said the lawmakers will select their leaders without being teleguided by external forces, adding that the PDP was dressing itself in a borrowed robe.

According to Igbokwe: “The PDP lacks the pedigree and the moral latitude to give such advice. The House will choose its own leaders without external interference. The PDP will not tell an APC-dominated Assembly who to pick as Speaker and Principal Officers.

“It is rather unfortunate that a party that has just suffered a devastating electoral defeat is not planning how to rise and rebuild its crumbled empire. The leaders, as loyal party members and like every party faithful, have the right to show interest in who steers the House affairs.

“The PDP won’t pick the leaders because it is not their party. It is like telling the owner of a house not to show interest in what goes on in there. The PDP must stop acting like the busy-body and mind its own business.”

Igbokwe said Lagos has enjoyed executive-legislative harmony since the enthronement of democracy in 1999 and that the new dispensation will not be an exception.

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