25 Jun 2015

House of Reps caucuses reject Gbajabiamila and Monguno

The North Central and South East caucus of the House of Representatives, on Wednesday, rejected the list of principal officers proposed by the party.

Briefing newsmen, leader of the North Central caucus in the House, Honourable Ahman Pategi, said the party’s position was taken without due consultation with the caucus.

He added that they were shocked when the party stated in the said publications that they arrived at the decision after due consultation.
“We are also amazed by the directive of the party to the leadership of the House to take necessary action on the purported choice made by the party, which we see as a clear usurpation of the powers of the zonal caucuses and their members, as guaranteed by the constitution and the standing rules of the House of Representatives.

“We, therefore, strongly reject the purported selection by the party, which we see as being in conflict with the principle of the Federal Character, as enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic,” Pategi said.
To this end, he said that the North Central caucus believed that there should be fairness and equity in the selection of other principal positions of the House, following the emergence of both the speaker and deputy speaker.

Also, the South-East caucus of the APC in the House rejected the party’s arrangement in choosing its principal officers, protesting that the leadership of the party, with the arrangement, excluded the zone.

Addressing newsmen on behalf of the caucus, the duo of Honourables Chukwukere Ikechukwu and Chike Okoroafor advised the leadership of the party to go back to the drawing board and ensure that all the zones were adequately represented.

Credit: Nigerian Tribune

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