APC Faulty Zoning: Being in Speakership Race Not Disloyalty to Party – Hon. Dyegh

As the race for the Speakership position of the Green Chamber toughens up, there are many interests from different viewpoints which comprises of Party interest, Regional interest, Personal interest and others to mention.

Above all these interests, the interest for a quality representation of the general populace supersedes them all.

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On these backdrops, expectations are high of anyone who emerges the Apex Leadership figure of the Statutory Lawmaking Body as the Speaker of the Federal House of Representative. We took a tour to the office of one of the Speakership contestants, Rt. Hon. Dr. John Dyegh (Speaker for Justice & Fairplay), representing Gboko/Tarka Federal Constituency of Benue State at the Federal House of Representative. push({});

Rt. Hon. Dr. Dyegh, made it clear in a media chat  with some journalists in Abuja recently that what drew his interest into the contest are the many questions 2019 electioneering year threw up. One of the questions like he pointed out is, ”why is there so much concentration and interest about South-West, over and above other regions?” He went on to state that South-West have Deputy Speaker position, they have the House Leader position, they also have the Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, and now the Speakership position for the incoming 9th Assembly has been zoned and Micro-zoned to South-West. And this raises a question that need to be properly addressed.

Analysing the wisdom behind the decision of his Party (APC), he faults the zoning process that took away the Senate President position from the North-Central to the North-East, and the Speaker which was zoned to the Northeast to the Southwest, instead of zoning it back to the North-Central where the Senate position was taken away from. In his own words, Dyegh said, “I look at that as a mistake, and we are trying to make the Party correct that mistake”.

Nigeria has Six Geopolitical Zones with a Constitution that clearly stipulates equal representation of the Six Zones in Governance. The President is from the North-West, North-East has been zoned for the Senate President, South-West has also sadly been zoned for the Speakership position, leaving North-Central with no principal officer of the Nation. This throws up a big question of, Where is the North-Central in the APC Government? Citing Section 14(3) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), which states that; “the composition of the Government of the Federation or any of its Agencies and the conduct of its Affairs shall be carried out in such a manner as to reflect the Federal Character of Nigeria and also to command National loyalty, thereby ensuring that there shall be no predominance of persons from a few States or from a few ethnic or other sectional groups in that Government or in any of its Agencies”.

The Lawmaker reiterated the overwhelming contributions made by North-Central region in making APC Federal Government re-election a reality. He recounted that his Region after North-west and North-East, took the third position, over and above the Southwest that is being loaded with Political offices. Thus saying, “it will be fair if the position of the Speaker is given to the North Central, having taken away the seat of the Senate President to the North East”.

The Aspiring Speaker refuted the rumour claiming his purported plan to step down, he categorically said; “I have not step down, I will not step down and I shall not step down. I have not seen any reason why I should ever step down for anybody outside North-Central”. He vowed to stand his ground in one voice with his people in the North Central who share same opinion that the party has made a mistake that should be corrected, “I insist, we in the North Central, we insist

Hon. Dyegh explained that his decision and that of his people from North Central not to back out of the race is not borne out of disloyalty or disobedient to Party decision, but the party has made a mistake and that needs to be corrected”. He reiterated his full support and unchangeable loyalty for President Buhari, and by extension his party (APC). While asking that the Party take advantage of the fact that North Central has entered the race for Speakership position and correct the mistake they made in zoning the post to South-west. This he believes is Justice and Fairplay, and would give the party a common front in securing the Speaker position against other parties.

He acknowledged the importance of each and every vote coming from the 360 Members in choosing the Speaker of the House. Saying that “the 9th Assembly is one Body, irrespective of party affiliation”, hence the need to canvas for votes across Party-Lines. He made bold to say that “it’s only a foolish man and a stupid man that will go into the race for a Speaker and will not talk to the opposition”.

The Speaker-to-be and a CUSTODIAN in the act of Legislation, initiated for implementation a 7-Point Evidence-Based Legislative Agenda, where he called his Honourable Colleagues to key into the House Project for Harmony, Justice and Fairplay. Reminding all that the Project is a Pan-Nigerian Project, not driven by selfish Agenda.

He went further to commend the achievements of the 8th Assembly, pointing out areas of their quick intervention in issues of utmost and urgent National importance.

RT. Honey. Dr. John Dyegh,  “a thorough bred grass roots experienced politician remains one of the richest, having taken roots from the lowest ebb of the society” and is fully equipped intellectually to take the Federal House of Representatives smoothly to the Next Level on a platter of Peace and Harmony.

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