A political pressure group within the All Progressives Congress, APC, Legacy Group/Foundation has called on the leadership of the party in Kwara State not to jettison the rule of law and legislative experience in determining who emerges speaker of the House of Assembly.
The group addressed pressmen in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, where its Chairman g in Kwara Central, Alhaji Gani Saka tasked President Muhammadu Buhari, the APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Governor-elect, Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq and State Chairman of the APC, Bashir Bolarinwa to ensure that members of the party who invested in its progress are not denied their rights and subjected to injustice.
He said it would be counterproductive if the rule of law and legislative experience are jettisoned for zoning.
According to him, “in as much as we appreciate the efforts of our dear brothers and elected members from Kwara North, we want to declare our support for the rule of law by encouraging our party leaders to do the needful by declaring Saheed Popoola, who is the only re-elected lawmaker among the 24 members-elect as the next Speaker.
“Popoola, who has the best political experience as a former council secretary, member of the Kwara State Polytechnic Governing Council, Offa local government council chairman, former commissioner and the only returning House member, is qualified to be the next speaker.’’
Saka, who also called the attention of the leadership of the party to the alleged injustice meted out on them, said the emergence of APC candidates in the just concluded general elections was lopsided.
They said those who decamped to the party were allotted 95 percent of elective positions.
“From the governor-elect, deputy governor-elect, senators and members of the House of Representatives down to the House of Assembly almost all of them are decampees while the foundation members were left with next to nothing in the whole arrangement.
“Therefore, it will be a great injustice to drop Popoola who has sacrificed so much for the party when it was an act of political suicide for any elected official to stand with the party against Bukola Saraki’s position.
“When other members of the current House of Assembly decamped to the PDP with Saraki, he stood alone with the APC,” he said.