All Progressives Congress (APC) youths from the South-South have made a case for the speakership or deputy speakership position of the House of Representatives to be zoned to Edo State so that the impact of the APC-led National Assembly will be felt in the region.
To that effect, the APC youths suggested the name of the current Majority Leader of the Edo House of Assembly and candidate of the APC for Etsako Federal Constituency in the just concluded National Assembly elections, Hon. Philip Shaibu, as the one suitable for that position.
It would be recalled that the Niger Delta Peoples Conference, in a statement by Iyamu Osaro, had, last week, called on the leadership of the APC to either give the speakership of the incoming House of Representatives to Shaibu; the member representing Owan Federal Constituency, Pally Iriase; or Comrade Peter Akpatason, representing Akoko Edo Federal constituency.
However, a statement by the Coordinator of the youths in the zone, Dr Oghene Ejiro, stressed the need for the leadership of the party “to give the position to a vibrant youths leader, former student Union President in the person of Shaibu who has proved that he can be relied upon always in his eight years reign in the Edo state House of Assembly as the Majority Leader of the House.
“We believe that Shaibu has the capacity to mobilize not only our youths from the region but the elders of the South South for APC because the APC needs to consolidate in the region so as to chase the PDP out of this region completely. Edo State being the only state that produced National Assembly members so far needs to be compensated for not selling our votes to the PDP like other states in the South South and the South East have done today”, the statement said.
“Philip Shaibu is not a neophyte when it comes to law making haven spent eight years in the state House of Assembly, it is our strong belief that the APC will learn to empower our youths so as to take over from the elders such as Asiwaju Bola Tinubu who has given Nigerians this great party called the APC. So we are appealing that the position of the Speaker or the Deputy Speaker be given to Shaibu who has made us proud in Edo state today”.