The Democratic Watch Initiative (DWI), a northern pressure group, under the chairmanship of former Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has warned the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) against imposing a leadership on the 10th National Assembly.
DWI insisted that the contest for National Assembly leadership must be thrown open to all members from the six geo-political zones of the country.
In a letter addressed to the president-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, national coordinator of the group, Sunusi Umar, warned him against what they referred to as “political opportunists” forming a cabal to derail his administration.
The letter which was read at a press briefing Wednesday in Abuja, reads: “We believe a free election of leaders of the National Assembly by its own members would put to end the already brewing concerns of marginalization and fear of domination of other geopolitical zones in the North by others.
“We submit therefore that if North despite the immense contribution it made towards the victory of the APC at the Presidential election at the expense of fellow candidates from the region does not deserve to be rewarded with the position it rightly demands in the National Assembly, there should be no justification to deny the right to stand election to the same post.
“We finally call Your Excellency to reclaim the people’s confidence in your untainted democratic credentials and commitment to entrenching sustainable democracy, restoring the glory of governance, reclaiming the sanctity of constitutionalism and respect for rule of law by maintaining the balanced and matured neutrality you are famous for.
“We are confident that Your Excellency is endowed with ample experience and diplomatic wherewithal to cope with whatever National Assembly leadership may emerge through due democratic process.”
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