- APC has been accused by Ohanaeze Ndigbo of excluding the southeast region from the 9th National Assembly leadership zoning arrangement
- Ndigbo claimed that the party is conniving with INEC to ensure that nobody from the region emerges as presiding officers of the Assembly
- According to the group, an elected legislator like Governor Okorocha has been denied certificate of return on unconstitutional grounds
Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex pan Igbo socio-cultural organisation, has disclosed that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is making moves to exclude the southeast zone in the leadership of the 9th National Assembly.
Vanguard reports that Nnia Nwodo, president-general of the group, made the accusation in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday, May 8, titled, “This deliberate systemic exclusion of Ndigbo from the governance structure is unacceptable.”
The statement read: “These attempts which have been made manifest by the disdainful manner of allocation of Principal Offices in the National Assembly by the Adams Oshiomole-led APC where Ndigbo were blanked out, an action further amplified by the orchestrated attempt at excluding the southeast from contesting for any of the offices in the 9th Senate through the deliberate connivance of INEC in withholding the certificates of Return of Igbo persons who possess the capacity, qualifications and wherewithal to challenge their malicious impunity.
“Elected legislators like the Imo state governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha and the highest and most experienced Igbo senator in the APC, Senator Benjamin Uwajimogu have been denied their certificates of Return on unconstitutional grounds. Actions aimed at crippling the Igbo attempt at a shot in the leadership of the 9th Assembly.
“It is common Knowledge that despite the exclusion of the Igbo nation from the executive arm of government, amplified by our been veiled off from the entire security apparatus of Nigeria, the post-election actions of both the APC leadership in out-zoning Ndigbo in the distribution of offices of the 9th National Assembly, and the collaborative actions of their INEC appointees have shown that there is a deliberate attempt to perpetuate the exclusion of Ndigbo from governance in the current dispensation.
“We demand the immediate release of the certificates of return of both Governor Okorocha and Senator Uwajimogu, to enable them participate in the inauguration and election of officers of the 9th Assembly.
"Furthermore, it is sad and disheartening that experienced legislators from the South-East like Hon. Chike Okafor and Nkiru Onyejocha are overlooked in the allocation of offices in the House of Representatives, not minding the fact that they passed through the needle’s eye to win their elections and the qualities they have exhibited in their previous legislative tenures.
“To achieve an all-encompassing and unity government as espoused by the APC leadership, they should return back to the drawing board and ensure the inclusion of the Igbo nation in their planned 9th Assembly leadership; while calling their agents in INEC under Prof. Mahmud Yakubu to without further delay ensure the immediate issuance of Certificate of Return to both senator Benjamin Uwajimogu and Owelle Rochas Anayo Okorocha.
“INEC should follow the institutional procedure of allowing aggrieved candidates to approach the electoral tribunals to sort out themselves and not the crude and banana republic style of withholding the certificates of return of persons already declared winners, with the intension of caging them till the inauguration of the 9th National Assembly and the election of its officers.
“The deliberate exclusion of Ndigbo in the recent zoning of offices in the National Assembly is unacceptable to Ndigbo. It is also a confirmation of the fact that the APC as a party does not have a place for the Igbo nation, and as such does not deserve the vote of Ndigbo."
Recall that Legit.ng reported that a group filed a suit against the APC for excluding the south east region from the 9th National Assembly leadership zoning arrangement.
The Kingdom Human Rights Foundation International challenged the decision of the APC to zone the leadership of the National Assembly in a manner that would exclude the south east region of Nigeria.
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