The Conference of All Progressives Congress, APC, State Publicity Secretaries, in the South-East, has called on Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, a strong Ally of Bola Tinubu, the National Leader of the APC, who is most favoured for the position of the Speaker of the House of Representatives in the 9th National Assembly, to drop his ambition, for the sake of equity.
In a statement signed by members of the group, including the Publicity Secretaries of the party, in the five South-East States, the group said that it was unwise to leave out the South-East, while sharing positions in the country.
The group which consists of Nwoba Chika Nwoba, Ebonyi State; Mrs. Kate Ofo, Enugu; Benedict Godson, Abia State; and Okelo Madukaife, Anambra State; called on Gbajabiamila to continue to be the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives.
Part of the statement read: “We wish to invite Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, an otherwise distinguished and ranking Member of the Federal House of Representatives, to drop his ambition to be the Speaker for now, and continue to serve as Majority Leader, because ‘this house must be built on equity’.
“It is our considered view that the South-West geopolitical zone cannot take the Office of Vice President and Speaker, the North-East, Senate Presidency and Secretary to the Federal Government, while the South-East goes home ‘whipping’ and weeping.
“We think that Gbajabiamila should be part of this solution, sacrificially. We expect a rework of what has been passed to the public domain as ‘APC zoning’, which the National Chairman of our great party, gladly says has not been concluded, going by his recent interview on Channels Television.”
The group disclosed that even though the party did not perform excellently in the South-East, in the just concluded elections, it still recorded over 40 percent success, and also succeeded in upping the number of National Assembly members-elect, compared to 2015, and as such, deserves to lead an arm of the National Assembly.
“It therefore, stands to reason that a Presiding Officer position in the National Assembly, will set the balancing tone for inclusiveness. For the avoidance of doubt, the 2019 election into the National Assembly is a different ballot from the Presidential poll. Yet the South-East recorded 2015-to-2019 improvement in both.
“We remain loyal and committed to APC and its noble cause of creating viable, valuable, and desirable change in the politics of Nigeria, and hold that such must eschew brazen exclusion.
“We do not envisage a post-May 2019 Federal Government, in which the three arms of government will be led by persons from the same part of the country. We, no doubt acknowledge the qualities of the men seeking Offices from various parts of Nigeria, but insist that Nigeria needs only one standard in carrying on its affairs.
“The South-East has every reason to be represented in the governance map.”