- A group, United Religious Movement, has appealed to the APC to consider Nigeria’s multi-religious status in its zoning arrangements
- The group made the suggestion against the backdrop of alleged zoning of leaderships position in the incoming 9th National Assembly
- The group urged the APC leadership to take cognizance of the heterogeneous nature of Nigeria in zoning the positions
A group, United Religious Movement, has appealed to the All Progressives Congress (APC) to consider Nigeria’s multi-religious status in its zoning arrangements for the leadership positions of the incoming 9th National Assembly.
Spokesperson of the group, Apostle Kehinde Collins, said APC should do so for the sake of peace and unity in Nigeria.
Addressing a special session with members of the group on Tuesday, March 26, Collins stressed that the 9th session of the National Assembly is made up of Christians and Muslims; in the Red and Green chambers, urging that the APC leadership to take cognizance of the heterogeneous nature of Nigeria.
His words: “It is imperative for the APC to be conscious of the multi-religious nature of the country.
“Senator Ahmad Lawan and Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila have been recommended by the APC as Senate president and Speaker of the House of Representatives, respectively. The duo of Lawan and Gbajabiamila are Muslims.
“There is need to accommodate Christians in these positions. For the sake of peaceful co-existence among all religious and ethnic groups, there must be fairness and equity in appointments across the board.
“The appointments are lopsided and will polarise the country. The leadership of the APC should consider a Christian for either president of the Senate or Speaker of the House of Representatives.”
Collins urged religious leaders to call the political class to order, and also, appealed to the national chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, to ensure all ethnic and religious groups are given equal opportunities.
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has waded into the current scramble for leadership positions in the incoming 9th National Assembly by encouraging its members to vie for the leadership positions in the federal legislative houses.
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The party said its elected senators and members of the House of Representatives are constitutionally eligible and can seek election into any presiding office of both chambers of the National Assembly.
In a statement sent to Legit.ng on Tuesday, March 26, the PDP noted that the position of the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives as well as the Deputy Senate President and the Deputy Speaker are not the exclusive preserves of any political party, but a constitutional right of every elected lawmaker in both chambers.
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