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10th NASS LEADERSHIP: Igbo Group Rejects APC Zoning

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10th NASS LEADERSHIP: Igbo Group Rejects APC Zoning

 

The Convener of World Igbo Summit Group( WISG) Prof Gregory Ibe has condemned the zoning formula for principal officers of the 10th National Assembly as recently announced by the National Working Committee of the APC.

 

Prof Ibe, while reacting to a pronouncement made by the national Publicity Secretary of APC Felix Morka, which micro zoned office of the Senate President to the South South region with Senator Godswill Akpabio as preferred candidate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives to North West with Hon Abbas Tajudeen as consensus nominee, described the zoning arrangement as totally discriminatory and a glaring manifestation of the non-inclusive stance of the APC against the South East.

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Rejecting the zoning arrangement, Prof Ibe who contested the 2023 Abia governorship election as candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), maintained that if the APC goes ahead to implement the zoning arrangement as announced, the party will be inadvertently sustaining the parochial apartheid policy it introduced against the South East region during the current Buhari administration.

 

According to Prof Ibe,” The attention of the leadership of World Igbo Summit Group has been drawn to a purported zoning formula by the ruling APC for principal officers of the 10th National Assembly which from every indication encourages the promotion of a punitive culture of discrimination and marginalization against the South East region”.

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Continuing Prof Ibe said,” By wilfully marginalizing the South East while zoning the offices of President, Vice President, Senate President, Deputy Senate President and House Speaker, APC is simply advancing the parochial agenda of exclusion which was introduced through the President Buhari propagation of the ’97 and 5 percent’ dichotomy and the ‘dot in a circle’ stigmatization”.

Calling for total rejection of the zoning formula, the statement cautioned the APC to refrain from further polarizing the nation through divisive policies which tend to discourage inclusiveness, equity, fairness and rather advocated for a resort to the time-tested arrangement of stabilizing the polity on the firm tripod of WAZOBIA, leveraging and deploying the collective socio-political and economic strengths of the Yoruba, Hausa and Igbo in the act of nation building.

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Political correspondents report that since the publication of the zoning formula for the election of key principal officers of the 10th National Assembly by the APC, the media has been inundated with calls from different groups condemning the lack of inclusiveness, absence of proper consultation and undemocratic tendencies in the selection process.

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