NWC,APC yet to zone Speaker, Deputy Speaker’s positions, others

The National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress has yet to meet on the zoning arrangement for the leadership positions in the National Assembly .

Shortly after announcing Lawan as the party ’ s choice for the Senate presidency , the party ’ s National Publicity Secretary , Lanre Issa – Onilu , said the zoning arrangement for the remaining positions in the Senate and House of Representatives would be announced later .

Investigations by one of our correspondents on Friday , however, revealed that the NWC had yet to meet on the matter.

An NWC source said the party had so far slowed down its activities to allow party chiefs take deserved rest after the 2019 general elections.

He said apart from the zoning arrangement, there were other pending issues that the NWC would address once it reconvened .

“ We have not seen any notice yet but I know that the NWC will soon meet because there are other issues to be addressed, apart from the zoning arrangement, ” he said .

Although despite the zoning arrangement has not been made public , interested zones , individuals and groups have expressed their interest in the available positions .

But Issa- Onilu told one of our correspondents , “ There is no delay.

We all know that there won ’ t be any change in the leadership of the National Assembly until June , and we are still in April.

“ What is important is that we have started early and we do not have to conduct our affairs in the open .

“ When we finish , we will announce . The important thing is for us to do the right thing , and we are doing it . ”

Meanwhile , the North- East Forum of APC State Publicity Secretaries has supported the zoning of the Speaker of the House of Representatives to the South – East.

The forum made its position known in a statement by its coordinator, Aaron Artimas, on Friday.

The forum said all political zones should be given equal participation as envisioned by the founding fathers of the country.

The statement read, “ We wish to align and identify with our counterparts in the South – East in their agitation to zone the post of the Speaker of the 9 th House of Representatives to their region .

“ The South – East APC public relations officers have already issued a statement endorsing Nkeiruka C. Onyejeocha as Speaker of the House of Representatives .

“ A four – time member of the House of Representatives , Onyejeocha represents many shades of national opinion , especially the much- talked-about gender issue.

“ Put together, with her rich political background as a grassroots politician , a former local government chairman and an effective legislator , she is eminently qualified to represent her zone and to serve the country as a whole .

“ We are not unaware of the perceived or unofficial zoning of the positions of the Senate President and the Speaker, House of Representatives to the North- East and the South -West respectively .

While this policy remains a political decision , we still believe that the ultimate decision to this effect , remains a function of members of the National Assembly.

“ As party officials , we are not opposed to the presumptive position taken by the national leadership of our party , but , we strongly believe that no decision is exhaustive or final . ”

The forum said the South – East was out for better participation and representation in the present political dispensation to enable the party to grow in the region.

It added , “It is for this reason that we hereby declare our solidarity with the South – East in their quest to shift the leadership of the House of Representatives to the zone .

“ It will please us greatly , if the national leadership of our party and indeed other leaders of the party will take a second look at its perceived position in this regard . ”

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