A coalition of returning and new members-elect of the House of Representatives from all political parties has vowed to respect the conclusion of the majority party in the House, APC, on zoning the Speaker and Deputy Speaker seats in the House and the decision of opposition parties on minority leadership of the House in line with parliamentary best practices.
The coalition, known as the “Joint Task 10th Assembly”, comprises 283 members-elect from the APC, the PDP, the LP, the NNPP, the SDP, APGA, ADC) and YPP.
In a statement signed by the coalition’s Chairman Bello Kumo and co-chairman Kinsley Chinda, the team explained that the main focus of the alliance is to promote the independence of the Legislature, the inter-dependence of the Legislature and other Arms of Government to legislate for good governance and grassroots impact.
According to the statement, others include constituency outreach, equity and fairness among Members-elect, unity, equity and justice in the emergence of Presiding and Principal officers in line with best parliamentary practice.
Coalition of Reps-elect commits to respect decision on zoning
The statement added that coalition members have agreed to put Nigeria first and allow the majority to form the leadership of the 10th House, with other opposition parties playing a significant role.
“We are glad that the leadership of the ruling party recognizes that the opposition political parties in the House are crucial in forming the following administration of the House. Hence, this coalition shall continue to consult with all the opposition parties.
“Our desire is to see a Nigeria where all of us, the political actors, come together to put the country first, subduing our individual interest, to have a better country that we, our children and our children’s children will be proud of,” the statement noted.
The statement stated that the coalition appreciates the capacity and prowess of all contestants for the esteemed positions of Speaker and Deputy Speaker, respectively, and implores every aspirant to put the interest of the House and the nation first over their personal ambition for the good of all.
The statement disclosed that 283 members-elect, comprising both returning and new members, have endorsed the coalition, which awaits the decision of the ruling APC on the zoning of the various offices.
It added that the coalition is independent of the speakership ambition of any of the various aspirants but with determination to build a strong alliance of members-elect of the 10th House in readiness to support the majority party zoning of the speakership office towards building a rancour-free and people-oriented 10th Assembly and in line with best parliamentary practice.
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