The All Progressives Congress (APC) seems to have perfected its marginalization of the South-East by excluding the region when it adopted on Tuesday candidates for speaker and deputy speaker of the House of Representatives.
The ruling party adopted Femi Gbajabiamila, majority leader of the house of representatives, as its candidate for the position of speaker in the 9th assembly.
Mr. Gbajabiamila was adopted after intensive talks between the party’s house of representatives members-elect at a dinner with President Muhammadu Buhari at the banquet hall of the presidential villa in Abuja.
Adams Oshiomhole, the APC national chairman, and some other chieftains of the party also attended the meeting.
Mr. Lanre Issa-Onilu, APC spokesman had said in a statement on Tuesday that the party has zoned the position of deputy speaker to the north-central.
He said, “The APC has adopted Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila as its candidate for the position of the Speaker of the House of Representatives in the 9th Assembly,” said Issa-Onilu.
“This position was reached after an intensive deliberation with the APC’s House of Representatives members-elect at a dinner with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Banquet Hall of Aso Villa.
“The Deputy Speaker position has been zoned to the North-Central.”
The APC is expected to produce the leaders in the incoming assembly after emerging majority party in the two legislative chambers.
Recall that Gbajabiamila was also the party’s candidate for the position in 2015 but lost to Yakubu Dogara.
The APC had earlier adopted Ahmad Lawan as its choice candidate for senate president.
However, other APC senators like Ali Ndume and Kabiru Gaya are in the race.
With these, the South-East people, a major ethnic group in the country, would nt be represented both in the executive and legislative branch of government in the next four years.