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ninth NASS: Contemporary disaster looms in APC over management slots

By Emma Amaize, Regional Editor, South-South, Clifford Ndujihe, Henry Umoru, Levinus Nwabughiogu & Omeiza Ajayi


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BUJA — FRESH disaster is looming within the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, over zoning of management positions within the ninth Nationwide Meeting that can be inaugurated in June.

The get together is but to wriggle out of the snarl occasioned by its endorsement of Senator Ahmad Lawan (APC, Yobe North) for the Senate presidency. Senator Ali Ndume (APC, Borno South), has insisted on operating for the place and wouldn’t step down for Lawan regardless of strain from some APC leaders.

The most recent disaster is coming from alleged strikes by the get together hierarchy to endorse Home of Representatives Majority Chief, Femi Gbajabiamila, for the speakership. Gbajabiamila is from the South-West the place Vice President Yemi Osinbajo hails from. There have been agitations by some stakeholders that the speakership ought to neither go to the North-West, which produced President Muhammadu Buhari, nor South-West that produced the vice chairman.

The North-Central and South-East zones are clamouring for the Quantity 4 seat to make sure fairness, justice and inclusivity within the sharing of positions within the ruling get together.

Zonal and state youth leaders of the get together, yesterday, rejected the zoning association of the Nationwide Working Committee, NWC, saying it was a recipe for chaos.

Deputy Publicity Secretary of the APC, Yekini Nebana at a briefing in Abuja warned the get together to not zone the speakership to South-West or North-West, saying that doing so might rub off negatively on the get together in 2023 elections.

Amid the disaster, some youth teams, opinion leaders and stakeholders in Niger Delta have thrown their weight behind incumbent Speaker, Yakubu Dogara to proceed in workplace.

Buhari meets APC lawmakers-elect, get together leaders

There was nervousness yesterday as President Buhari had a dinner assembly with APC lawmakers-elect; the Nationwide Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole; and NWC officers on the Outdated Banquet Corridor of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The assembly was nonetheless on at press time.

Speculations are rife amongst members, particularly numerous aspirants to the workplace of the Speaker of the ninth Home that there could be a categorical assertion by the facility brokers in APC on who their most popular selections for the Speaker and Deputy Speaker could be.

Within the race for the speakership are Mr Femi Gbajabiamila (Lagos), Mohammadu Bago (Niger), Idris Wase (Plateau), John Dyegh (Benue), Nkiru Onyejiocha (Abia), Chike Okafor (Imo), Abdulrazaq Namdas, and Yusuf Yakub (Adamawa) amongst others.

Speculations throughout the Home are that the assembly was summoned apparently to endorse the Lagos lawmaker. However Bago is making a case for the North-Central geo-political zone which he mentioned has been marginalized because the return of democracy in 1999.

An announcement by his marketing campaign organisation on Monday warned in opposition to ceding the speakership to a zone that’s already represented within the energy allocation of the current authorities.

APC Youth leaders reject NWC’s micro zoning formulation

Rising from a gathering in Abuja, the zonal and state youth leaders condemned the zoning association, particularly because it pertains to the Nationwide Meeting, and referred to as for a right away reversal to a looming logjam.

The assembly, below the aegis of Discussion board of APC Youth Leaders additionally referred to as for a right away convocation of a gathering of the Nationwide Govt Committee, NEC, of the get together the place salient points could be resolved as a manner of saving the get together from impending disaster.

In a communiqué on the finish of the assembly by chairman of the discussion board, Terver Aginde, they mentioned that the get together’s NWC had undermined the independence of the legislature by imposing the micro-zoning formulation with out consultations.

“While we agree with the initiative to find out Nationwide Meeting management inside outlined parameters of zoning and rating to make sure stability and self-discipline throughout the ranks of the get together, we should accomplish that with out undermining the independence of the legislature.

“We contemplate the micro zoning as a recipe for chaos, conscious of the expertise of 2015. It’s anomalous to have made a pronouncement on the place of the Senate Presidency and Speakership of the Home of Representatives to the exclusion of different positions and different zones. The purported NWC choice is suspect; not even the revered and revered Nationwide Caucus of the APC comprising main stakeholders corresponding to President Buhari, APC governors, get together stalwarts and BOT members addressed the problem.

“We’re curious to ask, as an example, how the choice was arrived at, who moved the movement for micro-zoning, who seconded the movement, who voted for micro-zoning and who was in opposition to micro-zoning. We dare ask, who’s benefiting from this micro-zoning association, a person or get together? Celebration members can be glad to see the minutes of the assembly the place such choice was taken.”

All zones have to be represented – Nabena

To Nabena, the Deputy Nationwide Publicity Secretary of the APC, there have to be fairness within the zoning of principal workplaces within the ninth Nationwide Meeting, saying all geopolitical zones have to be pretty represented each within the govt and legislative arms.


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