The Niger Delta Youth Congress (NDYC) on Friday issued a warning against teleguiding Senators-elect and House of Representatives members-elect in their choices of principal officers for the 10th National Assembly.
NDYC argued that the National Assembly has become mature enough as an institution for its members to know what they want devoid of external interference.
In a statement by Comrade Israel Uwejeyan, its National Coordinator, NDYC further warned that the principal offices of the National Assembly should not be subjected to regional zoning.
“We advocate that the members of the National Assembly are mature and not children, hence they should be left to exercise their autonomy in selecting their own leaders.
“We contend that the esteemed members of the National Assembly possess the necessary wisdom and maturity to make informed choices regarding leadership. They are well-equipped to identify capable leaders who can effectively address the challenges facing our nation.
“By granting them the independence to choose their leaders, we foster an environment that encourages independent thinking and political growth.
“The practice of regional zoning imposes unnecessary limitations and perpetuates division within the National Assembly. It stifles the diversity of thought and restricts the Assembly’s ability to elect leaders based on merit, competence, and vision.
“Removing regional barriers allows for a broader pool of qualified candidates and harnesses the wealth of talent that exists nationwide,” the group said while arguing for the cultivation of a merit-based leadership selection process that promotes national unity and fosters inclusivity.
It expressed fears that the zoning of the Senate presidency could end up creating more problems than it solves since it could create a situation where the most qualified candidate is excluded simply because of zoning.
“The NDYC calls for the National Assembly to transcend parochial interests by abandoning the practice of regional zoning. By doing so, members can prioritise the greater good and work collectively towards the advancement of our nation.
“This shift will foster an environment of cooperation, enabling robust debate and the emergence of consensus-driven, well-rounded leadership,” the statement said.