National Assembly leadership: Sidelining south east is an insult - Ohanaeze group

National Assembly leadership: Sidelining south east is an insult - Ohanaeze group

The youth wing of Ohanaeze Ndigbo has warned that the south east should not be insulted by any plot to sideline the zone in the leadership of the ninth Assembly that is expected to commence later this year.

The group warned the All Progressive Congress (APC) saying it would be a big insult and an affront on the people of the zone to be sidelined in the selection of the leadership of the National Assembly.

Daily Sun reports that the deputy national youth leader of Ohanaeze, Kingsley Dozie, gave the warning in Umuahia, Abia state.

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According to the report, Dozie said the Igbo youths were aware that APC leadership backed by the presidency endorsed Ahmed Lawan, who is from the north east, for Senate president and Femi Gbajabiamila, who is from the south west, as speaker House of Representatives.

Dozie said: “We query the justification in zoning the presiding officers of the National Assembly to regions that already have a fair share.

“We contend that since the president and vice president came from the north and west respectively, justice and equity demand that either the senate president or speaker of the House of Representatives should come from south east.”

He said since the APC has already zoned the Senate presidency to north east and the deputy to south south, the south east should be allowed to produce speaker of the House of Representatives.

“If they say we have no ranking senator from their party, will they also say we don’t have qualified APC members in the House of Representatives where one of them is returned for the fourth term in the name of Mrs. Onyejeocha?

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“Nigeria stands on the tripod of Igbo, Hausa and Yoruba, hence the distribution of political offices should reflect this equilibrium without excluding any tribe,” he said while adding that Ndigbo are not visitors in Nigeria and not second class in the Nigeria project.

Legit.ng earlier reported that a group, North Central Alliance, said it would mobilise a 2000-man march to the National Assembly in support of Senator Danjuma Goje as the next Senate president.

Although no date was given for the march, the group said it would hold before the election of the next Senate president in June.

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