•Explain reason for constituency projects
•We’re still engaging NASS, says SGF
By Johnbosco Agbakwuru, Abuja
MEMBERS of the Parliamentary Support Group for President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the President to intervene in the looming mass defection of members of the National Assembly from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to other parties to forestall the re-occurrence of what happened to the then ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, before 2015 elections.
The group expressed worry that the bickering generated by the congresses and convention where some members were allegedly shut-out from the exercise was yet to be resolved.
The lawmakers also advised President Buhari to accord recognition to constituency projects which they described as the unifying factor, adding that it had helped to bring federal government presence to the remote communities.
But Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Boss Mustapha, has said that the Presidency was interacting and engaging with the members of the National Assembly, stressing that after the interaction, they will build a synergy to build consensus and find resolutions.
Speaking when they visited the President on Friday night at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, the group harped on how the APC should go to the 2019 general elections as a united family to avoid suffering the defeat the then ruling PDP suffered.
Chairman of the group, Musa Sarkin Adar from Sokoto state said, “We looked at the concerns within the country and the various political parties because election is approaching and we members of APC in the National Assembly felt that it is necessary to come and interface with Mr president and the national chairman of the party to address issues and concerns raised by members across the federation.
“In each state of the federation, there are certain concerns and misgivings when the congresses were held from wards, to local government to state level. There were so many discrepancies and issues that came up and people made a lot of complaints. Nobody listened to them and as a result of that some people thought that they would move out of the party and join another party.
“Others, even before that had made up their minds that they were going somewhere and we feel it is necessary to come and inform the president that we are committed to remain party members, but issues should be looked into and addressed properly so that all aggrieved members can be persuaded to remain together so that we can ensure victory for our party in the 2019 general elections.
“It is also to encourage the relationship between the executive and the national Assembly to be cordial. We know who caused all those frictions and we are trying as much as possible to make sure that such things do not happen again for the betterment of this country.