The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) on Sunday, May 26, endorsed Hon Chukwu Emeka Nwajiuba as the speaker for ninth House of Representatives.
The group said its decision to stand by Nwajiuba stemmed from the need for equity in the distribution of the leadership of Nigeria as well as to help unify the country.
The national president of the AYCF, Alhaji Yerima Shettima, said this while he spoke with journalists at an interactive session in Kaduna.
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A further statement made available to Legit.ng said the group's support was purely in the interest “national stability, fairness and balance towards our neighbours in the south east.”
Shettima also explained that one of the best ways to strengthen national unity and cohesion is lending a hand of support and friendship across the nation.
He argued that Nwajiuba "is already broad-minded politician with several years of experience in legal work, administration and lawmaking.”
The Arewa president further said Hon Nwajiuba had made significant impact as a member of the House Representatives between 1999 and 2003, when he represented Ukigwe South constituency of Imo state.
"He performed wonderfully as chairman, House committee on land and housing.
“While he was away gunning for governorship seat between the end of 2003, 2007 and 2011, he lost by a narrow margin of votes, because of acceptability,” Shettima said.
The northern youth leader noted that beyond being a professional lawyer with a Master's degree and PhD in law, the lawmaker served diligently as secretary of the constitution drafting committee that produced the All Progressives Congress (APC).
According to him, the AYCF believes in having young breed of politicians in strategic positions of leadership at the level of the higher lawmaking body in the country.
He said on a scale of competence, Nwajiuba had all it takes to launch the country into the digital world and help the lawmaking business break away from the analogue system of running things.
He said the country needed a naturally consistent candidate, who is a nationalist and that Nwajiuba had such qualities.
Shettima urged all lawmakers and newly elected members of the House of Represntatives to rally round Nwajiuba and ensure he leads the country out of the woods.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Yerima Shettima recently described the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari as a disappointment, saying the north plans to present a more competent candidate in 2023.
Shettima, who made this known in an interview, complained that the All Progressives Congress-led federal government has only favored the southwest.
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