A civil society organisation, the Citizens Network for Peace and Development in Nigeria (CNPDN), has cautioned lawmakers-elect not to revolt against the zoning formula of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC (APC) for the leadership of the 10th National Assembly.
It warned that discarding the party’s zoning template could cause a serious face-off between the executive and legislature and put the country’s development plan in jeopardy.
Addressing newsmen Friday in Abuja, the national secretary of the CNPDN, Francis Okereke Wainwei, dismissed the claims that the APC zoning formula would lead to the emergence of a rubber stamp legislature.
Wainwei called on Abdulaziz Yari, Orji Uzor Kalu and other aspirants for the Senate presidency to shelve their ambitions in the interest of the party and the country.
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He said there was a strong patriotic need for lawmakers-elect to drop their personal interests for the national and collective interest in order to accelerate the holistic development of the country.
Meanwhile, the supporters of Tajudeen Abbas, the APC preferred candidate for the Speaker’s seat in the 10th House of Representatives, has urged other aspirants to accept the party’s decision and work for the emergence of the APC candidate.
Aliyu Jibril (Seko), who addressed newsmen in Abuja on behalf of the Advocacy for Tajudeen Abbas Speakership bid, assured Nigerians that the lawmaker would carry everyone along irrespective of the political party, religion, or tribe.