One of the lawmakers gunning for the speakership position in the House of Representatives, Hon. Pally Iriase, yesterday said that the position should be zoned to the South-South based on the federal character principle.
Iriase, who represents Owan Federal Constituency of Edo State in the House on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, is backed for the office by the APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.
He stated that lawmakers from the zone should be considered for the position in the interest of the country.
Iriase stressed that for the incoming Federal Government to succeed, it should respect federal character principle.
He, however, said that he was not anchoring his contest on the federal character alone, but on his managerial and leadership skills which will come in handy.
The lawmaker lamented that such issues were straightened out before the general elections took place.
“I am a foremost ranking member-elected from the South-South zone. Section 14(3) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria provides that the composition of the government of the Federation or any of its agencies and the conduct of its affairs shall be carried out in such a manner as to reflect the federal character of Nigeria and the need to promote national unity and also to command national loyalty, thereby ensuring that there shall be no pre dominance of persons from a few states or from a few ethnic or other sectional groups in that government or in any of its agencies”.
“Except there was no qualifying member found of the majority party from a particular geopolitical zone, you cannot ignore that zone in considering who should be Speaker.
“The President-elect is from the North-West and the Vice President-elect is from South-West, therefore, based on Federal Character provision of the Constitution, neither of these zones should get priority on the queue for National Assembly presiding officers,” Iriase pointed out.

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