As Nigeria and Nigerians gears up for composition of the 10th Assembly and its principal offices, members have been organising themselves into blocks, groups and identified roles for elected.
It is with these developments that a newly elected member of Labour to the House of Representatives, Hon. Amobi Ogah called on the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC which has the highest number of lawmakers in the 10th Assembly to zone the principal offices to represent all interests and members.
This is contained in a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Media, Elem Chukwuemeka in Abuja.
The statement explains that the National Assembly should not be seen as a political party enclave or extension but as an entity with the interest of all NIgerians.
It notes that the number of new lawmakers is so high that it should not be neglected by the APC on the fact that they have the majority.
“Out of 360, we have almost 292 as freshers and these are young men with vision who believe that the 10th Assembly will not be a rubber stamp Assembly, So, i am expecting to have a leadership that is generally acceptable and i believe that we will have a leadership that would carry all the members along, leadership that will not be a rubber stamp but will help to take all NIgerians to the next level because I want a better Nigeria.” Ogah emphasizes
According to the statement, Ogah who represents Isiukwuato/Umunneochi Federal Constituency in Abia State, only zoning can favour the South East in the National Assembly.
“Nigeria is a very special place, where if you don’t zone, you are not protecting the minority and the way things are going now, in as much as l am member elect of Labour Party l believe the ruling party should zone because it is only zoning that can protect my zone” he states.
“If you say let everybody contest and whoever wins should take, at the end of the day South East might not get anything, but when you zone, that is only when the minority can have something on the table”
“At this point we are in this country, we need unity, we need togetherness and we must work together to achieve unity and the only way to show that is by having a united leadership not minding the party you are coming from” Ogah adds.
“We have APC, PDP, LP, NNPP, APGA, etc in the house. So, through the Zoning you can see that every party would be well represented, For instance, when you zone the Speakership to a particular place, the Deputy should go to another place and these are not the only principal offices in the house of Representatives”.
“We have other offices. The same way the zoning will reflect in APC, it will also reflect on other parties for unity in the leadership of the 10th Assembly.”
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