The Coalition of Northern Patriotic Front, South-west Professionals and Coalition of Arewa Youth Groups have resist the aspiration of spokesperson of the house of representative Hon. Ben Kalu, one of the contestants for the Speakership position of the House of Representatives.
Addressing newsmen on behalf of the groups on Thursday in Abuja, the President, Arewa Youths, Tijani Abdulmumuni, said the press conference was called to raise concern on certain issues pertaining to the leadership of the 10th Assembly.
Abdulmumuni was of the opinion that Gbajabiamila’s illustrious outing has made the choosing of a worthy successor inevitable, adding that any lowering of the present standard of leadership in the House by a victory of mediocrity over excellence would be resisted.
The groups stressed that among the criteria that should direct members of the house in the choice they make would be their scorecard; contributions to the success of the party during the last election and public perception of those who have shown interest to lead.
“While it is excusable that some of the aspirants are in gross deficit of public visibility, it is gravely depressing that some of them ooze negativity and are vastly diminished by all manners of negative publicity they have incurred in the past. While the issue of loyalty stare Benjamin on the face, like the sword of Damascus the his alleged complicity in marital issues hangs on his head.
“The hallowed Chamber of the House should not be reduced to a customary court where a Speaker would be accused of snatching married women from poor spouses. Further as part of sieving the wheat from the chaff, every speaker hopeful whose reputation has been tarnished by scandals should be given no more than a passing glance by his colleagues.
“The position of a Speaker of the House of Representatives is not for experiment and must not and should not be slaughtered on the altar of ethnic sentiment to pave the way for mediocrity who have barely served out their first term in the house.” The group said.
The groups said they have been watching the number of actors contesting the position of the Speaker, especially in the South- east where many believed it is likely going to be zoned to.
“The likes of Benjamin Kalu, the current spokesman of the House, who bandies his aspiration with objectionable sense of entitlement and a host of others in the region who have also indicated interest and we are by this compelled to call on the ruling party to look beyond ethnic or religion colouration to go for the best in the best interest of the country.
“We have also watched with consternation, the brazen manner with which saboteurs, who traded the interest of the APC and its presidential candidate with some treacherous groups who are against the sanctity of the Nigerian State trying to take over leadership of the incoming Assembly.”