Group, Oduwa Frontiers over the wknd called on the National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to reverse what it called an “unsolicited” and “unpopular” zoning proposal and allow democracy to thrive.
The group specifically called on the President-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to interrogate the “skewed arrangement” and give direction that would reflect a collective commitment to equality, fairness, and inclusivity as a basis for participatory democracy.
National President of the group, Kolawole Adediji Kazeem in a statement said, his group joined the Southern Governors Forum and other concerned Nigerians in calling on the APC-NWC to follow the path of justice.
To him, as stakeholders in the affairs of the South-west and Nigeria generally, “we hereby corroborate the Chairman of the Southern Governors Forum’s views and adopt all the issues raised which are very sensitive, not only to the president-elect and the APC but also to the corporate existence of the country.
“We warn the President-elect not to wave aside the views of the Southern Governors Forum and the majority of his genuine lovers in other regions, to avoid falling into the traps laid to set him up against other sections of the country and damage the image of his administration even before it takes off.“
“We hereby state our strong position that how the party leadership directly meddled in the affairs of the legislative arm of government, which is an independent body, amounts to an infringement on the constitutionally guaranteed legislative independence and autonomy.
“We warn that the APC cannot afford to make the mistake of allowing the repeat of what transpired in the eighth Assembly when Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara emerged Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives”, he said
He further enjoined the ruling party to replay its exemplary leadership of allowing open contest and level playground for the party primaries that paved the way for the emergence of the Asiwaju as its Presidential Candidate.
“It is therefore expedient for the APC to allow open contests for all interested candidates irrespective of region or geopolitical zone and allow the members of the National Assembly to vote for their leaders.
“This calculated design to give the incoming administration of Asiwaju a bad name even before it takes off, is without a doubt, part of the disturbances that have been created since the emergence of a South Western presidency.
“In particular, the despotic move to zone the National Assembly leadership positions to suit certain vested interests with false love for the President-elect only aims to set a dangerous foundation of distrust and suspicion as traps to undermine the coming.
“Everyone knows the democratic antecedents of the Asiwaju and his unbending commitment to the democratic principle of fair play and the right of choice.
“It would therefore be misplaced to believe that a man with such high commitment to democratic processes would be involved in such unconstitutional actions”, the group warned.