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9th NASS: N’Central Guns For Speakership

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The north central caucus of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the House of Representatives has impressed on the leadership of the party to zone the position of speaker to the geopolitical zone.

The caucus, which made the plea yesterday at a press conference in Abuja, said it is imperative for the speaker of the House in the 9th Assembly to come from the North Central in the interest of equity and fair play.

Leader of the caucus, John Dyegh, said the legislators acknowledged the supremacy of the APC leadership in determining the zoning of offices in the 9th Assembly.

Dyegh noted that ceding the speakership position to the North Central would advance equity in distribution of positions in the country, especially as the North West and South West has already produced the president and vice president respectively.

According to him, it is not a coincidence that the 1999 Constitution ( as amended) provides for federal character in the distribution of offices and leadership in the country.

“We note that apart from the North West and the North East, the North Central zone delivered handsomely for the party in the general elections, and as such needs to be rewarded for the hard work and loyalty. The need to ensure balance and spread between and among the six geopolitical zones has made it imperative to give prime consideration to the North Central zone to produce the position of speaker.

“Being the zone with delicate and peculiar location and challenges within the federation, it is of utmost importance to carry us along in the hierarchy of power distribution in the country, as this will in no small measure, help in stabilising the polity,” he stated.

The North central zone is made up of Benue, Plateau, Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger states and the FCT. There are hints that Hon. Mohammed Umar Bago (APC, Niger), the deputy leader and Hon. Abdullahi Idris Wase (APC, Plateau) are the top two candidates who have indicated interest in the position from the zone.

Lawmakers from other geo-political zones who have indicated interest in the speakership race include, immediate past minister of state for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Khadijat Bukar Abba Ibrahim (APC, Yobe), House leader, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila (APC, Lagos), Hon. Abdulrazaq Namdas, Hon. Segun Odebunmi (APC, Oyo), Hon. Babangida Ibrahim, (APC, Katsina), Hon. Aminu Suleiman (APC, Kano) and Hon. Nkeiruka Onyeojocha (APC, Abia). Others are: Hon. Garba Datti Mohammed (APC, Kaduna), and Hon. Mohammed Monguno (APC, Borno).


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