Reward North-Central with speakership seat, APC group tells Oshiomhole
By Idowu Isamotu, Abuja
As permutation on composition of leadership in Ninth Assembly continues, a group of All Progressives Congress youths has urged National Working Committee of party to zone the speakership seat to the North-Central zone of the country.
The group, under the auspices of North Central APC Ambassadors in a letter dated April 1st, which was sent to the National Chairman of the party, insisted that the zone must be rewarded with the seat because of the number of votes it delivered to President Muhammadu Buhari during last Presidential poll.
The letter, which a copy was made available to journalists was signed by five State coordinators and FCT coordinator.
They include: Muyideen Yusuf (Kwara), Rita Longjap (Plateau), Muhammad Ibn Muhammad (Niger), Lucas Cassius (Nasarawa) Yahaya Dauda (FCT) and Shehu Araga (Kogi).
It would be recalled that the leadership of the party and National leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu had declared their support for a Lagos lawmaker, Femi Gbajabiamila.
Earlier, some North Central groups had argued that the zone deserves the position of Speaker and Hon Ahmed Idris Wase from Plateau State rightly fits in, going by his antecedents in the House and his wide acceptance by all.
Also, the North Central group in the letter, argued that since Northwest has the President, South West with Vice President and Senate President has been zoned to North East, Speakership must be zoned to North Central.
The letter partly read, “NC should be rewarded for its performance in the 2019 election. With 2.4million votes fo4 President Muhammadu Buhari, NC came third behind NW and NE.
“Even though South West has the VP, it didn’t perform as well as NC in last elections. So, who should be rewarded?
“North Central has consistently been loyal to the party. Since 1999, NC has never occupied the position of speaker or deputy speaker while all the other zones have occupied these positions.”