9th NASS leadership zoning must reflect all regions, Nabena warns

9th NASS leadership zoning must reflect all regions, Nabena warns

- APC chieftain, Yekini Nabena, has warned the ruling party that zoning for the 9th National Assembly must reflect all regions

- Nabena, the deputy national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress , recommends that all zones must be carried along

- He warned that if the party does not get it right now, 2023 elections might turn out to be a free fall all within its ranks

The deputy national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Yekini Nabena has called on the party’s leadership to ensure that the zoning arrangement for the incoming 9th National Assembly reflects the remaining four geopolitical regions of the country.

Nabena made the commendation with emphasis on the fact that the president and the vice president are from the north-west and south-west respectively.

Speaking with journalists in Abuja on Tuesday, April 16, Nabena warned that if the party does not get it right now, 2023 elections might turn out to be a free fall all in the ruling party.

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His words: “The APC has elected National Assembly members from all geopolitical zones of the country. Hence, the party’s leadership and indeed the presidency must take deliberate efforts to provide a fair and justifiable zoning arrangement for the 9th National Assembly leadership.

“The zoning arrangement must also respect the fact that the north-west and south-west has already produced the president and vice president respectively.

“So, for equity and adherence to the principle of federal character which is a constitutional requirement, the positions of Senate president, deputy Senate president, Speaker and deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives in the incoming 9th National Assembly must be occupied by APC members from the remaining four geopolitical regions of the country.”

According to the Bayelsa-born APC chieftain, since the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) under the leadership of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has already zoned the Senate presidency to the north-east, there should be a zoning arrangement for the remaining positions.

“The deputy Senate president should be zoned to the south-south while the Speaker and deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives should be zoned to the north-central and south-east in any order agreed by the party’s leadership,” he stated.

Reminded that his recommendation is at variance with the aspiration of a member from Lagos state for the Speaker, House of Representatives, Nabena said: “The south-west already has a slot filled by the vice president. In any case, the south-west does not necessarily translate to Lagos or Ogun state. This is a sentiment widely shared by our members from the zone.

“As I earlier stated, the party’s leadership must take deliberate steps to provide a fair and justifiable zoning arrangement for the incoming 9th National Assembly leadership.

“Our actions and inactions will have serious implications on party unity and positively or negatively affect our standing ahead of 2023.”

Meanwhile, the Mohammed Bago Campaign Organisation, has dismissed reports that the APC has endorsed Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila as the Speaker of the 9th House of Representatives.

The organisation described the reports as untrue, misleading and an attempt to stir trouble within the party.

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Honourable Mohammed Umaru Bago, a ranking APC lawmaker, representing Chanchaga federal constituency in Niger state, is one of the front-runners contesting to be Speaker in the 9th National Assembly.

In a statement signed by the spokesperson of the organisation, Honourable Victor Afam Ogene on Monday, April 15, the organisation maintained that the party is yet to name or endorse any candidate for the position, noting that the ruling party so far, only zoned the position of the president of the Senate to the north-east geo-political zone.

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