Challenging the Norm: Greater Majority Caucus Presents Consensus Candidates for the 10th NASS
In a bold move that defies the established norms, elected members of the 10th National Assembly (NASS) have united under the Greater Majority Caucus to field their own candidates for the positions of Speaker and Deputy Speaker. This decision challenges the candidates put forward by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and sets the stage for an intriguing political battle.
Breaking the Mold:
On May 20, 2023, a group of elected lawmakers from various political parties convened at the Transcorp hotel in Abuja. Representatives such as Aliyu Betara, Yusuf Gagdi, and Mariam Onuoha were among those present at this significant gathering. Together, they resolved to present a consensus candidate who would stand against the ruling party’s nominees.
A Defiance of Zoning Arrangement:
This move by the Greater Majority Caucus directly challenges the zoning arrangement recently announced by the APC’s National Working Committee. According to the party’s decision, the Senate President position was allocated to the South-South, represented by Senator Godswill Akpabio from Akwa Ibom. Additionally, Senator Barau Jibrin from Kano was designated as the Deputy Senate President from the North-West. This zoning arrangement has been a subject of controversy leading up to the inauguration of the 10th NASS in June.
Unveiling the Contenders:
The Greater Majority Caucus also presented their own candidates for the positions of Speaker and Deputy Speaker. Abass Tajudeen from Kaduna was nominated for the role of Speaker of the House of Representatives, representing the North-West, while Ben Kalu from Abia emerged as their choice for Deputy Speaker, representing the South East. These candidates, carefully selected by the caucus, represent a new wave of opposition within the NASS.
Shaking the Status Quo:
By fielding their own candidates, the Greater Majority Caucus is signaling a shift from the traditional power dynamics in the National Assembly. This bold move aims to challenge the dominance of the ruling party and inject fresh perspectives into the legislative process. The decision has sent shockwaves through the political landscape, igniting debates and anticipation for the upcoming NASS inauguration.
The 10th NASS is gearing up for an unconventional battle as the Greater Majority Caucus presents their consensus candidates for the positions of Speaker and Deputy Speaker. This move challenges the ruling APC and defies the zoning arrangement put forth by the party. With the potential to disrupt the established order, the Greater Majority Caucus has set the stage for a thrilling political showdown. The outcome of this unconventional approach will shape the future of the National Assembly and the Nigerian political landscape as a whole.