10th NASS: APC to review, announce new zoning arrangements soon-Yusuf Gagdi Campaign Office - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Tuesday, May 23, 2023

10th NASS: APC to review, announce new zoning arrangements soon-Yusuf Gagdi Campaign Office

The campaign office of one of the frontline aspirants for the speaker of the 10th House of Representatives, Hon. Yusuf Gagdi has given hints of the review of the zoning arrangements by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for the presiding officers of the incoming 10th National Assembly.

In a statement, the campaign office stated that the party will soon review and announced a new set of zoning formula that will benefit the 6 geopolitical zones especially the north central.

The statement titled "APC’s Zoning Arrangement Crumbles as President-elect Seeks NASS Presiding Slot For North-Central" read thus "The zoning arrangement for 10th National Assembly presiding officers announced by the All Progressives Congress (APC) is heading for a collapse, following widespread opposition to the plan by major stakeholders.

"The opposition is led by members-elect aspiring for the Speaker of the House known as the G7. They have vowed to work in unity against the party’s anointed candidates for Speaker and Deputy Speaker, Hon. Tajudeen Abbas (Kaduna, North-west) and Hon. Benjamin Kalu (Abia State, South-east).

"Members of the G7 are Deputy Speaker of the House, Hon. Ahmed Idris Wase; Chairman of the House Committee on Navy, Hon. Yusuf Adamu Gagdi; Chairman, House Committee on Appropriations, Hon. Muktar Aliyu Betara; Hon. Sada Soli; Hon. Mariam Onuoha and Hon. Aminu Sani Jaji.

"The group, among others, have rejected the micro zoning of the leadership positions in the House, as well as the exclusion of the North-central region which has serially shown loyalty and dedication to the APC by votes delivered to the party in state and presidential elections.

"Based on new developments which followed the meeting of G7 members and the president-elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu over the weekend, it is now clear that the attempt by some elements within the APC to foist Hon. Abbas on the House is not progressing as planned.

"The entire arrangement is being reconsidered and a new zoning arrangement that will be favourable to all parties, especially the North-central, is expected to be announced soon. This is especially as Sen. Abdul’aziz Yari from Zamfara, the same North-west zone as Hon. Abbas, has refused to back down from the contest for Senate President. 

"With Sen. Yari forging ahead, the possibility of the Senate and the House producing leaders who are Muslims is high and the president-elect has made it clear that he will not support the top four political positions in the country to be occupied by people of the same faith, hence his intervention in the zoning debacle to ensure that there is a balance."

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