Delta youths, UK pros disagree on zoning of National Assembly offices
Niger Delta Youth Congress (NDYC), yesterday, called on the President-elect, Bola Tinubu, to allow members of the National Assembly to exercise their rights to vote and be voted for, without being hindered by zoning restrictions.
The group, in a statement by its National Coordinator, Israel Uwejeyan, also said the President-elect must remain resolute in his dedication to national unity, rejecting any attempt by mischief makers to sow seeds of discord and division among different regions of the nation.
The group warned the President-elect of the consequences of not upholding the fundamental principles of democracy by allowing members of the National Assembly to exercise their rights to choose their leaders without any form of restriction.
Uwejeyan said: “Restricting principal offices to specific regions limits the ability of capable and qualified individuals from other regions to contribute their skills and expertise to the development and progress of our great nation.”
The NDYC stressed that Tinubu should take a cue from his party’s presidential primary elections, where interested candidates from all regions were allowed to contest and delegates had the opportunity to vote for their preferred candidates.
BUT on the contrary, the association of Nigerian Professionals, based in the United Kingdom, has hailed the decision of the All Progressives Congress to adopt an inclusive zoning arrangement.
This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen, signed by the Coordinator of the group, Innocent Udoidiong, and the Secretary, Mr. Kingsley Omolu, after an emergency meeting of the group, convened to consider issues affecting the welfare of Nigerians based in the UK, among others.
The group particularly expressed satisfaction at the choice of the former Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio, as the consensus candidate for the position of the Senate President by the party.