The Coalition of  Northern Youths Democratic Forces, has said that the Speaker of the House of Representatives belongs to the North central zone.

All Progressives Congress, APC, party logo
All Progressives Congress, APC, party logo

It said zoning the speakership to the north central will consolidate on the All Progressives Congress, APC’s hold in the zone.

In a statement issued in Kaduna, the group said from its massive contribution to the party at the recently concluded closed presidential elections, it’s only just for the zone to be so rewarded.

The statement signed by the Coordinator of the group, Yahaya Lisma,  said zoning the speaker’s seat to the zone would promote equity, fairness and balance in the political structure of the country.

It said since the return to Democratic  rule in 1999,  the North Central zone that has not produced the speaker for the Green Chamber.

The coalition said already, the Northwest has produced the president, in person of President Muhammadu Buhari, while the Southwest has produced Vice president President Yemi Osinbajo.

Lisma noted that with the Northeast at the forefront of being given the position of the Senate President because of its contributions to the party’s victory at the polls, the North Central should naturally be considered for speaker.

“This is because the North central produced the third highest votes during the presidential election, the first and second being Northwest and Northeast. These two regions are already accommodated, so North Central is the next.

“We also understand that some people are making frantic moves for the position of speaker to be zoned to the southwest. But we want to caution the party not to thread that path because the Southwest is already taken care of,” the coalition said.

The coalition said when  the position  is zoned to the north,  members from the North Central can choose among them a ranking  and qualified lawmaker to be the speaker.


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