The North-west Progressive Forum (NPF) and its regional partners have commended President-elect Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s non-committal stance on the ongoing debate about the leadership of the 10th National Assembly. In a press conference held in Kaduna, the convener of the conference, Nasir Dambatta said that the NPF and associates from the South-South and the South East zones reviewed the ongoing debate and took note of claims that some of the contenders have been “anointed”.
- NPF and regional partners have commended Tinubu’s non-committal stance on the leadership of the 10th National Assembly, amid the ongoing debate about the next Senate President.
- The North-west Progressive Forum stressed the importance of the North’s vital role in the electoral victory of the Asiwaju and the All Progressives Congress (APC).
- The conference noted that the North-west provided the highest percentage of votes of over 30% over and above every other geopolitical zone in the country.
North-west’s Vital Role in Electoral Victory
The conference noted the North’s important role in the electoral victory of Asiwaju and the APC. The North-west provided the highest percentage of votes, over 30% over and above every other geopolitical zone in the country. It stressed that it is noteworthy that Asiwaju Tinubu scored a total of 8.79 million votes with North West providing 30%, South West 25.9%, North Central 20.0%, North East 13.5%, South South 9.10%, and South East 1.45%. The conference found it ridiculous that a zone that contributed a meager 1.45% is seeking the Senate presidency.
North-west Progressive Forum Commendation for Tinubu’s Silence
The conference commended the mature and reserved silence of the President-elect Tinubu in the face of the mounting pressure of the moment. The NPF called on the President-elect to resist the temptation to be unduly dragged into a situation that will pitch him against the interest of his most reliable ally, the North-west, and especially the North-west. The conference called on regional agitators from the South to reconsider their position and embrace the decent rule of fairness and balance, which gives the North-west and indeed the North-west the legitimacy to claim the Senate presidential slot.