The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) on Tuesday, June 4, condemned alleged plots to impose some persons as leaders in both chambers of the incoming ninth National Assembly.
The spokesman for the coalition, Ikenga Ugochinyere, disclosed the position of the group while briefing journalists in Abuja.
Ugochinyere also expressed support for the use of secret ballot for the election of the officers, adding that the voting method is the only way to stop desperate godfathers from foisting their stooges on the legislature.
The coalition also condemned moves to produce leaders from particular sections of the country, to the detriment of other sections, warning that the development portends danger to national unity and integration.
It noted that the north central, southeast and the south-south geo-political zones would be shortchanged if an arrangement by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for the National Assembly’s leadership works out.
Ugochinyere said: “The president is from the north west, the vice president is from the south west, and particularly Bourdillon street. The three candidates for the Senate presidency are from the northeast.
“How then can the speaker be anointed from the same southwest, thereby telling the good people of the southeast and north central to go to blazes?
“There can be no easier way to hurt national unity and the indivisibility of the country than what the APC is promoting.”
Meanwhile, there are fears that the inauguration of the 9th Senate may be disrupted by hired thugs due to the disagreement over the voting pattern to be adopted in the election of presiding officers.
Opposing camps are said to be flexing muscles and spoiling for war following a disagreement over the voting pattern to be adopted.
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