There are strong indications that some newly-elected Peoples Democratic Party, PDP members of the National Assembly in the South-East may defect to the All Progressives Congress, APC, once the legislature is inaugurated on June 1, 2015.
The move is to enable the region benefit from the sharing of the principal offices of the National Assembly as the APC did not win any NASS seat during last Saturday’s election.
Nigerian Pilot learnt that with the North Central Zone is slated to produce the Senate President of the incoming NASS, the South-East is jostling for the Speakership of the House of Representatives so that it will not lose out of the Nigerian power equation.
Nigerian Pilot learnt further that the defection of the PDP lawmakers would begin from either Ebonyi and Imo States, as the APC leadership are bent on compensating Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha and Ogbonnaya Onu from Ebonyi State for their loyalty to the party.
It was further learnt that some newly-elected House of Representatives members from Ebonyi State are set to defect to the APC as soon as the National Assembly is inaugurated to possibly clinch the Speaker slot.
Meanwhile, a member representing Ishielu/Ezza North Federal Constituency in the Lower House, Engr. Peter Edeh, has said that the Igbo should blame themselves for its current “precarious” condition in the country.
Edeh, who represents the constituency under the platform of the APC, noted that he and other Igbo APC lawmakers foresaw the situation and drew attention to it but it was neglected due to selfish and directionless political leadership of the Igbo.
“There is serious inept leadership in Igboland as those who parade themselves as leaders do not see beyond the present and are blighted by religious and ethnic considerations,” he said.
According to him, the leaders deceived the people with such beliefs and this has made the Igbo go down with Goodluck Jonathan, despite the fact that it was clear that he would lose the elections.
“We, who are founding members of the APC from the Igbo extraction would do all we can to remedy the situation as the Igbo have thus shortchanged themselves in distribution of offices at the national level,” he said.
Edeh noted that there is no single Igbo ranking federal legislator from the APC who was re-elected and this would make it difficult for the zone to get either the Senate or House of Representatives leadership.
“The nation’s President and Vice Presidential slots has gone to the North-West and South-West zones, respectively, as the rules governing the National Assembly stipulates that only ranking members assume leadership of both chambers which is clear that the Igbo cannot get”.
He noted that the Igbo should start aiming for other top positions in the country to console itself such as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, as the rules cannot be bent half way.
The lawmaker noted that he will pursue his loss at the election through legal means, as the process was truncated with several irregularities which denied him and other credible candidates their deserved victory.

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