By Abubakar Yunusa
The Coalition of Northern Group (CNG) has rejected the adoption of the former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio and a member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Tajudeen Abbas, as the next Senate President and Speaker of the House of the Green Chamber, respectively.
The group also called on the the attention of the incoming President to watch his back and guard against entrenched Judases who are bent on pitching him against democracy,
Addressing journalists yesterday during world press conference in Abuja yesterday,CNG
Spokesperson,Abdul-Azeez Suleiman cautioned the President-elect against the antics of vested personal interests like those represented by El-Rufai and Ganduje.
“We are emphatically call on the leadership of the APC to reclaim its statesmanship by immediately reversing the decision on Akpabio and Abbass, and setting the stage for the emergence of a credible National Assembly leadership through democratic elections by its members as enshrined in our Constitution
He also called against popular national will and against the North, which made massive sacrifices to keep the nation united and push it past a critical turning point by working to ensure his victory at the February presidential poll.
CNG warns that if this and any similar arrangements are allowed to pass through, the North as a whole would be deliberately shortchanged by stripping it of the three main democratic influences which would be absolutely unacceptable as it is unjustifiable.
“We encouraged all other aspirants for any position in the National Assembly to disregard this purported, undemocratic arrangement and insist on the emergence of their leadership through acceptable, constitutionally recognized democratic elections.”
Speaking further, Suleiman, said Senator Abdul-Aziz Yari, who at present assumes the symbol of Northern aspiration to the Senate presidency, that he would lose respect and relevance if he submits to the temptation to quit the race for any undemocratic arrangement other than elections.
“We urge all aspirants to the position of the House Representatives Speaker, such as Betara, Wase, Doguwa and the rest from all sections of the country to insist on a transparent and democratic emergence of leaders of the House.
“We renew our commitment to engaging all leaders and fellow Nigerians as we have always done as northerners to form a coalition to reclaim, restore and protect the sanctity of our hard earned democracy.”