10th NASS leadership: Respect zoning arrangement – Legislative aides caucus warns Yari, others

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By Samson Atekojo Usman

Legislative aides operating under the aegis of Forum of National Assembly Legislative Aides from North West, on Tuesday, urged the former governor of Zamfara State and Senator-elect Abdulaziz Yari and others contesting for the positions of Senate President and Deputy Senate President in the 10th National Assembly to respect zoning arrangement.

They said the zoning arrangement is a move by the ruling party in the right direction as it will stabilise the parliament.

Addressing a press conference at the National Assembly, Abuja, the forum’s zonal leader, Abdulrazaq Dunkawa and secretary, Silas Gabriel Garba, maintained that the National Working Committee of APC had in its zoning arrangements for the leadership of the 10th National Assembly, picked Senator Godswill Akpabio from South-South as the preferred candidate as Senate President and Senator Jibrin Barau from North West as Deputy President of the Senate.

It noted also that Tajudeen Abbas from North West and Hon Benjamin Kalu from South East were also picked respectively as Speaker and Deputy Speaker.

They insisted that the Northwest deserved two presiding officers’ positions zoned to it, for contributing the highest number of votes to the APC in the Presidential and National Assembly elections.

They insisted: “Results from the elections showed that North West played a crucial role in keeping APC in power by securing the majority of honourable members and distinguished senators in both chambers.

“The zone no doubt rightly deserves the zoning made by the party as far as leadership of the 10th National Assembly is concerned.

“We, therefore, call on other contestants to allow for party supremacy to establish discipline, order and legislative democracy to thrive in the 10th National Assembly.”

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