The All Progressives Congress (APC) from the North Central under the aegis of APC Equity and Justice Forum, North-Central zone have condemned the zoning template ratified by the party National Working Committee (NWC) on Monday.
They insisted that Speaker of the 10th Assembly must be produce by the region.
Recalled that APC NWC on monday upheld the National Caucus zoning of the seat of Speaker of the 10th National Assembly to North West with Honourable Tajudeen Abass ( Zaria Federal Constituency) as favoured candidate and Benjamin Kalu, representing Bende Federal Constituency, Abia (South East) as anointed candidate for Deputy Speaker.
Chairman of the stakeholders, Nuhu Ayuba Shikdima, and secretary, Ahmadu Babanrabi while adressing a press conference in Abuja said the party turned a rumour and mere figment of imagination into an unpleasant reality.
According to the APC Equity and Justice Forum, North-Central, zoning of deputy Senate president and Speaker of the House of Representatives to the same North West zone was inimical to national cohesion.
The forum faulted the zoning arrangement, saying what played out at the APC national caucus meeting was zoning to anointed candidates, not to geo- political zones.
Shikdima said, “What was a rumor and was seen as figment of the imagination of some few individuals has now become a reality when it was said that the position of the Speakership of the 10th Assembly of House of Representative is zoned to North-West geopolitical Zone of Nigeria and microzone to an individual in addition to the same zone taking the slot of the Deputy Senate President as released in a press statement by the National Working Committee of APC.
“It suffices to say therefore that in zoning position of governance, certain parameters must be put into consideration; and these parameters are justice, equity and fairness to all which are cardinal principles that APC is anchored on.
“It will be unheard of for Nigerians to hear and confirm that the Speakership position and Deputy Senate seats respectively have been zoned to one geopolitical zone of Northwest region of Nigeria in total disregard and consideration of the people of North central zone of Nigeria.”
The APC Equity and Justice Forum, North Central however urged the APC NWC to consider the contributions of the zone to the victory of the president elect and review the zoning arrangement already ratified