Lawmakers from North-Central and South-East yesterday kicked against the process of selection of principal officers in the House of Representatives.
In a separate briefing with House correspondents, the two caucuses called for fairness and equity from the leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the selection process.
Both caucuses argued that there was no way the two zones could be completely left out in sharing of principal officers of the House.
The North-Central caucus led by Honourable Bahago Pategi (APC Kwara) said that the party’s position was taken without consulting the caucus.
Pategi noted that they were shocked when the party stated in the said publications that they arrived at the decision after due consultation.
“We are also amazed by the directive of the party to the leadership of the House to take necessary action on the purported choice made by the party, which we see as a clear usurpation of the powers of the zonal caucuses and their members as guaranteed by the constitution and the standing rules of the House of Representatives.
“We therefore strongly reject the purported selection by the party which we see as being in conflict with the principle of the Federal Character as enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic,” Pategi pointed out.
The South-East caucus led by Hon. Austin Chukwukere (APC Imo) said they rejected the distribution of principal officers in the House which excluded the zone.
Chukwukere said they could not stand and let the party sweep them off their feet, adding that they had fought hard to sustain the party in the South-East.
He, therefore, called on the leadership of the party to do what was right.
Meanwhile, the House on Wednesday set up a high-powered committee to address the incessant killings in Kaduna and other parts of the country.

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