Fresh Crisis Looms In APC Over NASS Leadership
FRESH crisis is looming in the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, over zoning of leadership positions in the 9th National Assembly that will be inaugurated in June
The latest crisis is coming from alleged moves by the party hierarchy to endorse House of Representatives Majority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, for the speakership. Gbajabiamila is from the South-West where Vice President Yemi Osinbajo hails from.
There have been agitations by some stakeholders that the speakership should neither go to the North-West, which produced President Muhammadu Buhari, nor South-West that produced the vice president. The North-Central and South-East zones are clamouring for the Number Four seat to ensure equity, justice and inclusivity in the sharing of positions in the ruling party.
Zonal and state youth leaders of the party, yesterday, rejected the zoning arrangement of the National Working Committee, NWC, saying it was a recipe for chaos. Deputy Publicity Secretary of the APC, Yekini Nebana at a briefing in Abuja warned the party not to zone the speakership to South-West or North-West, saying that doing so may rub off negatively on the party in 2023 elections.
Speculations are rife among members, especially various aspirants to the office of the Speaker of the 9th House that there would be a categorical statement by the power brokers in APC on who their preferred choices for the Speaker and Deputy Speaker would be. In the race for the speakership are Mr Femi Gbajabiamila (Lagos), Mohammadu Bago (Niger), Idris Wase (Plateau), John Dyegh (Benue), Nkiru Onyejiocha (Abia), Chike Okafor (Imo), Abdulrazaq Namdas, and Yusuf Yakub (Adamawa) among others.
Speculations within the House are that the meeting was summoned apparently to endorse the Lagos lawmaker. But Bago is making a case for the North-Central geo-political zone which he said has been marginalized since the return of democracy in 1999.
A statement by his campaign organisation on Monday warned against ceding the speakership to a zone that is already represented in the power allocation of the present government. APC Youth leaders reject NWC’s micro zoning formula Rising from a meeting in Abuja, the zonal and state youth leaders condemned the zoning arrangement, especially as it relates to the National Assembly, and called for an immediate reversal to a looming logjam.
The meeting, under the aegis of Forum of APC Youth Leaders also called for an immediate convocation of a meeting of the National Executive Committee, NEC, of the party where salient issues would be resolved as a way of saving the party from impending crisis. In a communiqué at the end of the meeting by chairman of the forum, Terver Aginde, they said that the party’s NWC had undermined the independence of the legislature by imposing the micro-zoning formula without consultations.