Reps from Southern Nigeria support resolution by Govs over 2023 Presidency, PIB, Electoral Act

Reps from Southern Nigeria support resolution by Govs over 2023 Presidency, PIB, Electoral Act

Members of the House of Reps from the southern part of Nigeria have approved of the resolutions reached by the Southern Governors’ Forum on the Petroleum Industry Bill, Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, and the rotation of the Presidency in 2023.

This was made known by the Reps Chairman of the Southern Caucus, Victor Nwokolo, in a statement issued on Tuesday; July 6, titled, ‘Southern Reps Backs Southern Governors On Presidency, Electronic Transmission of Election Results, PIB, Others.’

1st News had reported that the 17 governors from the region met in Lagos on Monday; where they took position on sundry issues in the polity.

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According to the statement from the Southern Reps; they “unanimously and unequivocally endorse the patriotic resolution of the SGF on the resolve that the next president of Nigeria should emerge from the southern region.”

According to the caucus, the resolution by the governors reinforces their stance, as federal lawmakers, that; “our nation must and should exist on the pillars of justice, equity, fairness, peaceful co-existence, and mutual respect; particularly in the political, economic and structural management of our national diversity.”

The statement read in part, “We note that the demand that the next President of Nigeria should come from the southern region; unambiguously represents the opinion of the majority of Nigerians across board; in tandem with the already established rotation of presidency position between southern and northern Nigeria.

“Furthermore, against the backdrop of our commitment towards free, fair, credible and transparent elections; the members of the House of Representatives from the South also back our governors in rejecting the moves to outlaw the electronic transmission of election result in the Electoral Act; as well as the confirmation of exclusive jurisdiction in pre-election matters on the Federal High Court.

“…Electronic transmission of results directly from the polling unit is a firm step towards the elimination of result collation-related malpractices; including alteration of figures, mutilation of documents, snatching and diversion of ballot materials on transit to collation centres; among others.

“The attempt to tamper with the Electoral Act to remove electronic transmission of result is, therefore; a malicious and unpatriotic act aimed to emasculate our electoral system, undermine our democracy and destabilize our dear country…Such cannot be condoned or justified under any guise whatsoever.”

Also, on the PIB, the southern members of the House of Representatives also “back our governors in rejecting the proposed 30 per cent share of profit for the exploration of oil and gas in the basins.”

Equally important, the southern lawmakers restated their support for the establishment of state police and ban on open grazing by southern states. Further, they stressed that governors, as Chief Security Officers of their respective states; must be duly informed before any security institution undertakes any operation in their states.

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