NASS leadership : Igbo exclusion, threat to national unity, Ohanaeze youths tell APC

April 1st, 2019

From Steve Oko, Umuahia

As intrigues and horse trading for the principal officers in both chambers of the National Assembly heat up, Ohanaeze Youths Council has warned on the dire consequences of any plot to exclude Ndigbo from Nigeria’s power equation.

OYC urged the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC to respect the principles of federal character and equity in zoning the position of principal officers of the National Assembly.

Deputy National President of OYC, Dr. Kingsley Dozie who spoke with The AUTHORITY in Umuahia, expressed dismay that APC leadership did not consider South East for any key principal position in the National Assembly according to its purported zoning formula.

While the party has reportedly zoned the Senate President to the North East, it ceded to the South West the Speakership position of the House of Representatives.

North Central, and South South were said to be considered for the positions of the Deputy Senate President, and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives respectively while the Senate Leader was zoned to the North West .

Frowning at the development, Dozie said “it is not only insulting but provocative to exclude the Igbo, one of the tripods upon which Nigeria stands from the country’s power equilibrium.”

He warned that any plot to spite Ndigbo or punish them for their political choice at the just -concluded elections would be stoutly resisted.

The OYC chieftain said the election were over and the sharing of positions for principal officers of the National Assembly should be done in such a way every geopolitical zone would be given a sense of belonging.

He warned that any attempt to further marginalise the Igbo by deliberately excluding them from Nigeria’s power equation portends serious threat to Nigeria’ unity.

According to him all members-elect of the National Assembly are equal to one another irrespective of their party affiliations, hence any member could be elected to preside over them.

He further argued that APC has no excuses not to cede the position of the presiding officer of any of the chambers of the National Assembly to the South East unlike in 2015 when the party denied them that opportunity on the flimsy excuse that there was no Igbo senator of APC stock.

” APC cannot say there is no Igbo senator from the party in the 9th national assembly. We have them today.

“Same also in the House of Representatives where Igbo have ranking members like Hon. Nkiruka Onyejeocha , and Hon. Chike Okafor who are eminently qualified to be Speaker.

OYC, therefore, urged members-elect of the National Assembly to look beyond party politics and consider national unity and competence in electing their leadership when they would be inaugurated in June.

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