Nigeria’s President Bola Tinubu is to meet with opposition lawmakers-elect on Monday, 5 June, 2023, ahead of the composition of the 10th National Assembly.
This was contained in an invitation letter dated 2 June and signed by the Permanent Secretary in the State House, Tijjani Umar, a copy of which was obtained by Channels Television on Sunday.
While the President would meet the Senators-elect at 3:00 pm, his meeting with the House of Representatives-elect is slated for 5:00 pm.
Umar asked the soon-to-be lawmakers to submit their names for security clearance.
“I write to inform you that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu will hold a meeting with members of the opposition Senators-elect and opposition House of Representatives members-elect in the State House Conference Centre, Presidential Villa, Abuja on Monday, 5th June 2023 at 15:00 hours and 1700 hours respectively,” the notice read.
“In this regard, you are kindly requested to inform all concerned members to attend and forward their list early enough for security clearance. Please, accept the assurances of the President’s highest consideration.”
However, the details of the meeting are not clear. It may be connected to the process that will produce presiding officers of the incoming National Assembly.
Meanwhile, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has called on federal lawmakers from the zone in the 10th National Assembly to vote for its principal officers based on their inclination.
Chiedozie Ogbonnia, National Publicity Secretary, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, made the disclosure in an interview with Newsmen in Awka on Sunday.
Ogbonnia said that the group is not in agreement with the zoning of key offices of the 10th National Assembly as has been proposed by the ruling party.
He said that the apex Igbo group leadership, under Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, agreed to direct all Igbo lawmakers to vote according to their discretion.
Ogbonnia said that the Igbo Apex group rejects the principle of zoning of principal offices of the Senate and the House of Representatives of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
He said the group, after due evaluations and considerations, described the allocation of the position of the Deputy Speaker to the South East as highly disgusting and provocative to the Igbo race.