- A group from north central has protested over the zoning of speaker of House of Reps to southwest
- The leadership of APC has zoned Senate president to north east and the speaker of House of Representative to southwest
- But the group said since south west has produced vice president, the speaker of Reps should be zoned to north central
A group of All Progressives Congress (APC) stakeholders on Tuesday, April 2, staged a protest at the national secretariat of the party in Abuja, demanding zoning of the House of Representatives speaker to the north central zone of the country.
This Day reports that the group, under the auspices of north central APC ambassadors, in a letter dated April 2, which was addressed to the national chairman of the party, insisted that the zone should be given the opportunity to produce the speaker of the House of Representatives as a reward for the 2.4 million votes it gave President Muhammadu Buhari during last presidential poll.
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Legit.ng gathered that the letter was jointly signed by the coordinators from five states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) - Muyideen Yusuf (Kwara), Rita Longjap (Plateau), Muhammad Ibn Muhammad (Niger), Lucas Cassius (Nasarawa) Yahaya Dauda (FCT) and Shehu Araga (Kogi).
The leadership of the APC had openly endorsed Senator Ahmed Lawan from northeast for Senate president and Femi Gbajabiamila from the southwest as the speaker of the House of Representatives.
The national leader of the party, Bola Tinubu, had declared his support for the Lagos state-born lawmaker, Gbajabiamila.
But the north central group in the letter, argued that since the president is from the northwest, the vice-president is from the south west and the Senate president has been zoned to northeast, the speaker must be zoned to north central.
The letter partly read: “North central should be rewarded for its performance in the 2019 election. With 2.4 million votes for President Muhammadu Buhari, north central came third behind north-west and northeast.
“Even though south west has the VP, it didn’t perform as well as NC in the last elections. So, who should be rewarded?
“North central has consistently been loyal to the party. Since 1999, NC has never occupied the position of speaker or deputy speaker while all the other zones have occupied these positions.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that House of Representatives leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, officially joined the race for the speaker in the 9th National Assembly over the weekend.
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The Lagos lawmaker had already being endorsed by the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the position last week.
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