South South urges APC to cede Reps Speaker slot to region
A SOCIO-POLITICAL group, the South-South Equity Forum (SEF) yesterday said the incoming government of the All Progressives Congress (APC) would not be fair to the South-South region if it does not allow it produce the next Speaker of the House of Representatives.
SEF said it is only “fair, just and, as a matter of necessity” that if the Senate presidency goes to either the North East or North Central as being speculated, the speakership should go to the South-South with consideration for the member representing Owan Federal Constituency in the House of Representative, Pally Iriase as Speaker.
SEF led by Harrison Omagbon at a press briefing in Benin City yesterday, appealed to the leadership of the APC and the President -elect to be on the side of “fair play, equity and justice in the larger interest of the APC and the country,” noting that Edo state, an APC controlled state in the South South states is among states, “where General Muhammad Buhari, the President-elect scored 45 percent, which is above the mandatory 25 percent as required by the constitution.”
Omagbon in company of other leaders of the group including the secretary state Cordinators, George Anigboro (Delta), Tony Dorgu (Bayelsa) and Sam Ntem (Cross River), said the agitation is borne out of the need to promote national unity and command national loyalty.
“While the South-west has the Vice President, invariably the Speakership should come from the South-south since the South East has no ranking member. ’’