Bola Tinubu, the incoming president, and the governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are said to have abandoned the agreement in favor of zoning during the election of the 10th National Assembly’s top officials.
According to Newsmen, the choice was decided at the meeting on Thursday between Tinubu and the members of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) at the Defence House in Abuja.
The governors urged that the National Assembly key offices should be zoned, according to a source with knowledge of the conference, rather than selecting candidates by consensus.
He claimed that Tinubu agreed with the governors’ recommendation that the party not choose candidates for the leadership positions of the national assembly based on consensus.
According to the source, the party concurred that the National Assembly’s leadership should be elected through a democratic process, just as the president-elect did.
He said, “At the meeting, the party as always was very careful of the religion and ethnic balance to avoid fresh battles.
“The governors advised the president-elect to allow the leadership of the National Assembly to follow normal protocol without anointing any candidate.
“The governors also told him that just like President Muhammadu Buhari didn’t choose a consensus candidate, he should let democracy have its way in the leadership of the party.”
The source stated that the president-elect concurred and gave the party his assurance that the parliamentarians and the party will appropriately discuss the candidate’s zoning and selection.
He stated, “The president-elect also assured the governors that the choice of the leadership of the 10th Assembly would involve the party and the lawmakers.”
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