The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has declared support for the All Progressives Congress (APC) over the zoning of presiding officers of the two Chambers of the 10th National Assembly.
The CUPP asserted that even if the elected federal lawmakers to reject the individuals recommended by the APC leaders for the Senate and House of Representatives leaders, the respective zones should reserve the right to produce the zona’s leadership.
The spokesman of the CUPP, Ikenga Ugochinyere, a newly elected federal lawmaker, at a press conference in Abuja, acknowledged the capacity, competency, and character of the elected lawmakers nominated by the APC for the senate president and House speaker and their deputies, saying that he would have led opposition to the decision as he did in 2015.
The CUPP noted that the North has dominated the Senate Presidency in the past 16 years, adding that equity demands that the office be occupied by a ranking senator from the South, essentially, the South-South to ensure religious stability and justice.
The CUPP spokesman argued that “if for any reason anyone is planning on opposing the candidature of Senator Godswill Akpabio, other ranking Senators from the South like Orji Kalu, Osita Izunaso and Patrick Ndubueze should be considered rather than another region entirely”.
Ugochinyere disclosed that on interaction with other elected lawmakers for the 10th National Assembly, there was a consensus conclusion that nominees for the House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abass and Ben Kalu, are the right candidates for the speaker and deputy speaker offices.
Ugochinyere also disclosed that 63 newly elected members of the opposition parties are in alliance with the endorsement of the APC nominees for the House leadership.