Members of Nigeria’s governing party, the All Progressives Congress, APC from the Southeast region are calling for the position of the Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives to be zoned to the region.
APC Southeast members under the aegis of Southeast Equity Alliance held a meeting with the APC National Chairman, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja where they presented their case.
Speaking to journalists after the meeting, the Spokesman of the group, Mr. Kingsley Ononuju said ”the APC needs to be fair and just by distributing the major leadership positions in the government equally to different Geo-political regions in the country.”
The meeting is coming at a time when the country is awaiting the inauguration and election of leaders of the 9th National Assembly on June 11.
Mr. Ononuju said so far in the APC administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari which started in 2015, the Southeast region has not headed any of the three arms of government.
“It is a common knowledge that in the first term of President Buhari’s government, the southeast did not head any of the three arms of government despite the fact that it is part of Nigeria’s majority tripod. Indeed, If federal character is an indelible principle of the Nigerian Constitution, that must find expression in the incoming 9th National Assembly… We think that because the Southwest has the second highest office in the land, the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and national leader of the ruling party, it will only be proper that the Speaker-ship of the Federal House of Representatives, be zoned to the Southeast, otherwise, it will be gross exclusion and highest level of insensitivity, condemnable, unconscionable and totally unacceptable,” Ononuju said explained.
Mr. Ononuju stressed that members of the House of the House of Representatives from that region are competent enough to hold the office.
“We have qualified honourable members of the House of Representatives with excellent track record in public administration and grounded in basics of lawmaking,” he said.