- Alhassan Ado Doguwa has said the remaining positions in the 9th National Assembly should be distributed among the six geo-political zones
- The former chief whip of the House of Representatives urged the leadership of the party do so in a manner that rewards loyalty and hard work
- The lawmaker, however, urged the party to zone the position of majority leader to the northwest
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former chief whip of the House of Representatives, Alhassan Ado Doguwa, has urged the party leadership to reward loyalty and hard work in selecting other principal officers of the National Assembly.
Legit.ng reports that Doguwa in an interview with Vanguard, said the remaining posts should be distributed among the six geo-political zones in a manner that would reward hard work and support for the APC at the polls.
Doguwa, who is arguably the longest serving member of the National Assembly, having been first elected in 1992, is eyeing the position of the majority leader of the House of Representatives.
Asked how the APC achieved the feat in the National Assembly, Doguwa said: "What happened was like a build up to what we had long awaited for-the agitation and desire of the members of the Eighth Assembly, which for reasons we all know was dashed. The massive election of APC adopted candidates was not unexpected because of the kind of engagement we have had through the various windows of the party.
"The national secretariat under the leadership of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole did a lot of things that were not done in 2015. He embarked on engagement with stakeholders left, right and centre and was in constant touch with the presidency. This time around, nobody will tell you that the president was not involved. He was directly involved and that was what gave rise to what you saw on June 11, 2019."
Giving his legislative experience and the support of the northwest zone to the APC, he urged the party to zone the majority leader position to the northwest.
"I would expect the party to remember that I come from a zone that gave the party the highest electoral contribution to the APC.
"The northwestern part of the country has the highest number of the APC members in the House of Reps. In my caucus, which I led as chief whip, the northwest caucus has almost 92 members even with the recent Zamfara case, we have no fewer than 85 members. So I want to believe that the party would be just, humble to reciprocate the electoral gesture we gave to the party in the last general election,” he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Femi Gbajabiamila, the speaker of the House of Representatives, on Saturday, June 20, said he would use his new office to impact on the lives of Nigerians.
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