Reps-elect pledge to respect APC decision on zoning leadership positions
A coalition of returning and House of Representatives members-elect across political parties has promised to respect APC’s zoning decision of the leadership of the house ahead of the June inauguration.
This is contained in a statement jointly signed by Usman Kumo (APC- Gombe), chairman, and Kingsley Chinda (PDP- Rivers), co-chairman of the coalition.
They said the lawmakers would accept the APC decision on zoning the speaker and deputy speaker seats in the house and the opposition parties’ decision on minority leadership in line with parliamentary best practices.
The coalition, known as the ‘Joint Task – 10th Assembly’, comprises 283 legislators-elect from the APC, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and the Labour Party.
Others are from the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP), the Social Democratic Party (SDP), the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), African Democratic Congress (ADC) and the Young Progressive Party (YPP).
The coalition said its main focus was promoting the legislature’s independence and legislating for good governance and grassroots impact.
This, according to them, includes constituency outreach, equity and fairness among Members-elect as well as unity, equity and fairness in the emergence of Presiding and Principal Officers in line with best parliamentary practices.
The group said, already, 283 members-elect, comprising both returning and new members, have endorsed the coalition, which awaits the decision of the ruling APC on the zoning of the various offices.
They said the coalition has the blessings of 14 APC governors, nine PDP governors, and several National Working Committee (NWC) members of the ruling and opposition political parties. According to them, the forum is independent of the Speakership ambition of any of the various aspirants but with determination to build a strong coalition of members-elect of the 10th house.
This, according to them, is in readiness to support the majority party zoning of the speakership office towards building a rancour-free and people-oriented 10th Assembly in line with best parliamentary practices.
They said members of the coalition are in agreement with whatever the majority party – APC – zoning decision might be. According to the statement, members of the ‘Joint Task – 10th Assembly’ have agreed to put Nigeria first and allow the majority to form the leadership of the 10th house, with other opposition parties playing a major role.
They noted that those who may want to defy the APC and repeat of the 2015 rebellion should remember the consequences of such action on governance.
“We are aware of the theatrics in the 8th National Assembly, but Nigerians want to see good governance and not grandstanding. Rebellion will deny the incoming Tinubu administration the opportunity to deliver on its mandate and the high expectations from Nigerians, especially under the current ethnic and religious tension in the country,” the statement explained.
They said the coalition would continue to consult with all the opposition parties, saying, “Our desire is to see a Nigeria where all of us, the political actors, come together to put the country first.”