The National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Tinubu, has said that newly elected APC lawmakers must follow the party line or be prepared to leave the party.
Tinubu said this on Friday after a prayer programme organised by religious leaders to celebrate his 67th birthday.
“Party discipline is key, we must be discipline in the party. We were a little careless in 2015. We created the opportunity for serpent to get into our party and that did not allow Nigeria to make the desired progress.
“You have seen the result of it and we are not going to allow that to happen again. We are going to respect our party and we are going to apply the whip.
It was gathered that the APC leadership has declared support for Yobe senator, Ahmed Lawan as the next Senate President while Lagos lawmaker and Tinubu’s protege, Femi Gbajabiamila, was also endorsed to become the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
The decision however did not go down well with other APC lawmakers, especially Borno senator, Ali Ndume, who is vying for the office of the Senate president.
“It is either you stay with us or you follow us or you leave. You have the freedom to choose but the freedom does not give you as a minority to go and collaborate and protrude our mandate given to you to another party who was our opposition and who is still our opposition.
“We would not take that this time, no matter who you think you are”, Tinubu warned.
Mr Ndume who claimed to enjoy the support of many elected APC senators has vowed to continue with his ambition, notwithstanding.