The federal lawmakers under the platform of the All Progressives Congress South-East Renaissance Group has called on the leadership of the party to zone the position of the Speaker, House of Representatives in the Ninth National Assembly to the South-East.
The group’s convener, Chris Onyemechara,who made the call at a press conference in Abuja said the call becomes neccessary in order to brimg about equity and fairness.
Onyemechara claimed that the APC denied the South-East principal office positions in the National Assembly in 2015 on the grounds that the zone did not have a ranking member on the platform of the party but now the situation is different.
He said a situation where the same geopolitical zone that produced the Vice-President was scheming to produce the Speaker of the House of Representatives was unacceptable.
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo is from the South-West while it is believed that the party leadership is considering Femi Gbajabiamila, also from the South-West, for the position of the Speaker.
“A situation where the same geopolitical zone which produced the Vice-President of the country and the national leader of our party is seen scheming and demanding, with a bloated sense of entitlement, the Speakership of the House of Representatives, smacks of political avarice, brazen injustice and grave disservice to good conscience,” Onyemechara said.
He said, “Politics of exclusion did not yield much political dividends for our party in the South-East in the last election.
“Wisdom will advise that our party embraces politics of inclusion.