9th NASS Speakership race: Niger Delta, civil society groups insist on North Central zone candidate

As the contest for the office of the speaker of the House of Representatives in the coming National Assembly raises up, a coalition of Niger Delta groups and the amalgamation of Civil Society organizations under the umbrella of Citizens United to Save Democracy (CUSD), have insisted on zoning the office to the North Central Zone of the Country by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Both groups made their positions known in press statements made available to news men in Abuja on Sunday as against the position of the leadership of the party which favoured the South-West zone for the position. In the separate statements, the groups thrown their weight behind the candidature of Hon John Dyegh, Plateau State North Central Zone, for the speakership slot. The Nigeria Delta coalition in a statement signed by Comrade Nwokoma Messiah of the Niger Delta Renaissance Organisation (NDRO), Comrade Collins Obilor of the Niger Delta Project (NDP) and Ibiye Douglas of Ijaw Justice Forum (IJF) urged lawmakers from the Niger Delta to vote for Hon John Dyegh based on available facts to the Coalition. John Dyegh knows his onions and with him as speaker, the 9th House would witness robust, vibrant and purposeful leadership.”The two groups then urged the leadership of the party to reconsider its earlier stand of zoning it to the South-West Zone and allow the North Central Zone to have the slot.

April 21, 2019 17:15 UTC

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