ENUGU, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA)- A coalition of returning and new members-elect from all political parties that won seats in the parliament has vowed to respect the decision of the majority party in the House, All Progressives Congress (APC), on zoning the Speaker and Deputy Speaker seats in the House.
They also vowed to obey the decision of opposition parties on minority leadership of the House in line with parliamentary best practices.
This was contained in a press statement signed by Chairman of the group Usman Bello Kumo of APC, Gombe State, and Co-Chairman Kingsley Chinda of PDP, Rivers State
The coalition, known as the “Joint Task – 10th Assembly”, made the promise ahead of the inauguration of the 10th House of Representatives in scheduled to hold in June.
The coalition comprises 283 members-elect from the APC, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the Labour Party (LP), the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), the Social Democratic Party (SDP), the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), African Democratic Congress (ADC) and the Young Progressive Party (YPP).
According to the Coalition, their main focus 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; constituency outreach; equity and fairness among Members-elect.
Also, to promote unity, equity and fairness in the emergence of Presiding and Principal Officers in line with best parliamentary practice.
The group noted that already, 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.
The coalition has the support of 14 APC Governors, 9 PDP Governors as well as several National Working Committee (NWC) members, of both the ruling and opposition political parties.
The statement informed that the forum is independent of the speakership ambition of any of the various aspirants but with determination to build a strong coalition of members-elect of the 10th House in readiness to support the majority party zoning of the speakership office towards building a rancor-free and people-oriented 10th Assembly and in line with best parliamentary practice.
The statement further noted that members of the coalition are in agreement with whatever the majority party – APC – decision on zoning might be.
According to the press statement, members of the ‘Joint Task – 10th Assembly’ have agreed to put Nigeria first and allow the majority to form the leadership of the 10th House with other opposition parties playing a major role.
They noted that those who may want to defy the APC and have a repeat of the 2015 rebellion should remember the consequences of such action on governance as the sour relationship between the leadership of the 8th National Assembly and the Executive left Nigeria and Nigerians at the receiving end.
“We are aware of the theatrics in the 8th National Assembly. But Nigerians want to see good governance and not grandstanding. Rebellion will deny the incoming Tinubu administration the opportunity to deliver on its mandate and the high expectations from Nigerians, especially under the current ethnic and religious tension in the country.
“We are glad that the leadership of the ruling party recognizes that the opposition political parties in the House are very key in the formation of the next leadership 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, in order to have a better country that we, our children and our children’s children will be proud of,” the statement added.