10th NASS Leadership: South East Group Urges President-elect Not To Be Entrapped In Counterproductive, Self-serving Conflicts
…Cautions Politicians Over Regional Tensions
The South-East Unity Movement has expressed deep worries over the direction the country is being pushed by power hungry regionalist-politicians, urging the President-elect, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, not to be enmeshed in a “counterproductive, self-serving conflicts” over the 10th National Assembly (NASS) leadership selection.
The group spoke while reacting to ongoing issues arising from the debates over the selection of leaders and officers of NASS.
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) had recently announced the zoning of the elective offices in the incoming National Assembly to individuals.
However, in a statement signed by the Chairman of the South East Unity Movement, Godwish Kuruma Obi, which was made available to our correspondent on Monday, the group cautioned politicians against stocking regional tension.
The statement added, “We find it unfortunate that people who are supposed to be distinguished gentlemen and women trusted with mandates by their constituencies would find it difficult to form leadership for themselves and by themselves without unnecessary interference by vested interests.
“The South-East, in spite of the strident cries of marginalisation in the way the nation is structured and operated is however more committed to sustainable peace than all the other sections of the country.
“This implies that the South-East would not fold its arms and watch greedy politicians stock unnecessary regional tensions that would potentially affect our investments all across the country.
“We therefore urge politicians to tread with caution and play by the rules with fairness to all sections of the country devoid of dangerous preconditions and sinister motives.
“We call on political party structures particularly the party in power to allow the three organs of government to exercise their constitutionally demarcated roles unhindered.
“The National Working Committee of the APC is therefore cautioned against continuous meddling with the leadership affairs with the constitutionally and democratically independent and autonomous legislative arm of government.
“We also caution the President-elect not to be dragged into counterproductive, self-serving conflicts over the NASS leadership. He should take the path of honour by maintaining neutrality and insisting on democratic processes”, the statement concluded.