A socio-political group within the All Progressives Congress under the aegis of Renewed Hope Professionals on Wednesday faulted the National Working Committee of the party and President-elect, Bola Tinubu, for anointing candidates for the 10th National Assembly leadership.
The NWC had announced Tajudeen Abass and Godswill Akpabio as consensus candidates for Speaker of the House of Representatives and Senate President.
But the RHP in a statement by its Coordinator, Kinu Kabirwa, said the announcement of both lawmakers as leaders of the 10th National Assembly was a clear violation of Section 50 Sub-section 1b of the constitution of the Federal Republic as amended.
He said, “Democracy is now under serious threat with this imposition concocted by the outgoing Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, and the NWC to further compound the grave political situation in Nigeria.
“As a group of professionals with the interest of APC at heart, we plead with the President-elect to immediately nullify this organized crime imposed on lawmakers and allow a free level playing ground for the legislators to pick their leaders.
“It’s an aberration that must be quickly checkmated before it develops into a hydra-headed monster capable of turning the legislature into an unwarranted war zone over the personal interests oa f a few disgruntled elements in the party.
“The question bothering us now is how did the NWC and their cohorts carried out the selection process and what yardstick was used to arrive at an Abass that his state delivered just four Reps?
“Was competence, equity, fairness, ss, and fairness considered in the scheme of things or was it just an outright imposition to further truncate our shaky democracy?
“The above questions are begging for answers and we want our leaders to truly look into this as the position of Deputy Senate President too has been zoned to North West.
“Automatically, the North West is going to control two powerful positions in the next political dispensation.”