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The Nomination of Akpabio and Abass: Renewed Hope Professionals Calls for Reversal

The Nomination of Akpabio and Abass: Renewed Hope Professionals Calls for Reversal. A group of professionals under the banner of Renewed Hope Professionals (RHP) has called on the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the President-elect, Bola Tinubu, to reconsider the endorsements of anointed candidates in the National Assembly leadership race. The RHP coordinator, Kinu Kabirwa, made this known in a statement, stressing that endorsing a candidate would violate the Constitution.

  The Nomination of Akpabio and Abass: Renewed Hope Professionals Calls for Reversal

The APC National Working Committee (NWC) had earlier announced consensus candidates for the positions of Senate president and speaker, with Godswill Akpabio and Abass Tajudeen getting the nod. However, the RHP has called on Tinubu to reverse the decision of the NWC and allow for the independence of the legislature.

The Nomination of Akpabio and Abass: Renewed Hope Professionals Calls for Reversal 

According to the group, “Democracy is now under serious threat with this imposition concocted by the outgoing NWC of APC, which will further compound the grave political situation in Nigeria.” The RHP, as a group of professionals with the interest of the APC at heart, is pleading with the President-elect to nullify the “organised crime imposed on lawmakers” and allow a free level playing ground for the legislators to pick their leaders.

 

The group further emphasized that the selection process of the NWC should be questioned, as they endorsed Mr Tajudeen as a speaker from a state which produced only four representatives-elect. The group queried if competence, equity, fairness and transparency were considered in the scheme of things, or if it was just an outright imposition to further truncate Nigeria’s shaky democracy.

 The Nomination of Akpabio and Abass: Renewed Hope Professionals Calls for Reversal

In their statement, the RHP stated that the Senate presidency and speakership should not be used for political compensation. The group added that this “aberration” must be quickly checkmated before it develops into a hydra-headed monster capable of turning the legislature into an unwarranted war zone over the personal interests of few persons in the party.

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The RHP has called for a transparent and democratic process in choosing the leaders of the National Assembly. They believe that such a process would promote democracy and help to restore public confidence in the Nigerian political system.

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