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Which Zone Deserves To Produce Reps Speaker?

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Nigeria News takes a look at the uproar over who becomes the next Speaker of the House of Reps.

Ordinarily if the key leadership position of this country should be zoned, then the Northcentral zone deserves to get the speakership of the Federal House of Representatives.

Putting into consideration the number of votes the zone polled for the All Progressives Congress (APC) and President Muhammadu Buhari, the zone deserves to be among the lead.

But there is something working against the northcentral, which has such states as Kwara, Plateau, Benue, Kogi, Niger and Nassarawa. This zone has larger concentration of different ethnic minority groups.

The northcentral people speak different languages, have different cultures and beliefs, making it a bit difficult for them to speak with one voice.

Unlike the southwest dominated mainly by the Yorubas, the southeast by the Igbos, the northwest, Hausa/Fulani and the northeast, the Kanuris. The south-south is another minority ethnic group with various languages and cultures.

It took the grace of God and political circumstances before former President Goodluck Jonathan could clinch power as the first and only president ever to have come from the south-south minority ethnic group.

After the election had been conducted, politicians, mostly the legislators have been jostling for who will lead the ninth assembly.

Having learnt from the mistakes of the past, the ruling APC leadership quickly came up with two names; Senator Ahmad Lawan from the northeast as the president of the Senate and Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila from the southwest as the Speaker, House of Representatives.

The party’s choice has divided the party because there are members who also have ambition. Senator Ali Ndume from the northeast is interested in the Senate presidency, likewise Senator Dajuma Goje.

The northeast zone, judging by the number of votes is most qualified than any other zone to clinch the country number three seat. The zone gave over 20 per cent of the total votes cast for APC.

Perhaps that is why the northcentral is not contesting that position but went all out to compete for the house speakership.

At a news conference addressed by the leadership of the zone, it was resolved that the house speakership should be conceded to them.

According to Alhaji Muhammadu Gwaska, Chairman North Central Elders Forum, the zone donated 2, 456, 599 votes out of the 15, 191, 847 total votes cast for president Muhammadu Buhari, representing 16.22 per cent as compared to 2, 036, 450 votes polled by the southwest zone of Nigeria.

Gwaska asserted that the southwest has been enjoying the political patronage in the capacity of the vice president, Yemi Osinbajo since 2015, adding, “We in the northcentral deserve the fourth position assigned by protocol of Nigeria in the leadership setting.”

But the political calculation goes beyond the number of votes in this matter but the role some politicians had played in ensuring victory for APC across the country.

It should be noted that politics is like a cult. The National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshimhole would not have gone on air to announce the party’s choice if there were no prior agreements with other party leaders on how the bell should swing.

Some did not just cast votes, they bankrolled the polls.

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