North Central lawmakers canvass for Speakership position

Lawan Hamidu, Abuja

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The House of Representatives caucus of the governing All Progressive Congress, APC, from North Central Nigeria has appealed to the party to consider the Zone for the Speakership position in the 9th Assembly.

The Assembly is due to be inaugurated in June.

The caucus in a briefing to National Assembly Correspondents in Abuja said the demand was to promote national cohesion, balance of power and federal character.

The Leader of the caucus Dr. John Dyegh from Benue State expressed the confidence of the party’s ability to address the issue of zoning of positions among the six geopolitical zones of the country.

“We want to use this medium to acknowledge the supremacy of our party, the APC, in addressing issue of zoning of positions in an equitable, just and fair manner that will foster unity and cordial relations among members of our party and our colleagues from the other political divide.

We are confident of the of the ability and capacity of the National Leadership of the APC to do right to all in order to advance national cohesion, balance of power and federal character.” Dr. Dyegh stressed.

Interested candidates for the position of Speaker of House of Representatives and Senate President from different zones have already started canvassing for support from the lawmakers for the position though it will be defendant on party decision.

The caucus members were drawn from Benue, Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger, Plateau and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

It was alleged that two Members are eying for the Speakership position from the Zone and a candidate for the Senate Presidency, but their political party, the APC, who has majority in the two chambers will decide the zoning arrangement in few days.

In 2015, the party zoned the Senate Presidency to the North East while Speakership position to the South West, an arrangement that was thwarted with the election of Dr. Bukola Saraki from North Central as Senate President while Barr. Yakubu Dogara from the North East as Speaker of the House.

This development was said to be behind the sour relationship between the two arms of government that become a bottleneck to the Executive’s plan for change in the country as well as the legislative agenda of the 8th National Assembly.

 

Confidence Okwuchi