…By Lola Smith for TDPel Media.
Stakeholders of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) from Nigeria’s North-Central region have rejected their exclusion from the zoning of principal positions in the 10th National Assembly.
According to reports, the President-elect, Bola Tinubu, has already picked Godswill Akpabio (South-South) and Senator Barau Jibrin (North-West) as Senate President and Deputy Senate President respectively.
Meanwhile, Tajudeen Abbas (Kaduna) and Benjamin Kalu (Abia) would become the next leaders of the House.
In their agitations, APC North-Central stakeholders, including lawmakers, have condemned the party’s decision on the Senate presidency and the position of the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
The Convener of the North Central APC Stakeholders, Dominic Alancha, said, “We are constrained to register our disappointment and to protest the decision of the APC leadership to zone two presiding positions, Deputy Senate President and Speaker in the 10th National Assembly in favour of the North-West to the total exclusion of the North-Central and other zones in the country.”
Similarly, another group of stakeholders from the region has rejected the plan to zone the position of Speaker of the House of Representatives to the North-West, saying it implies “undue favouritism, lack of fairness and the marginalisation of other zones”.
The group said their position was in the best interest of the incoming Tinubu-led administration and for the greater good of Nigeria.
It remains to be seen how the APC will respond to these agitations from the North-Central stakeholders.
As the lobbying and campaigning for principal positions in the 10th National Assembly intensifies, it is likely that tensions will continue to rise within the party.
The outcome of this situation will have significant implications for the APC and for Nigeria as a whole.