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Abubakar Chika, the former member of the House of Representatives, Niger State, has condemned the zoning of the National Assembly leadership position, saying it is dangerous to democracy.

Chika, while addressing the newsmen in Abuja, said that the legislature is an independent body, thus lawmakers should be allowed to choose among themselves.

“Neither the President or the party has the right to dictate who should lead the National Assembly. I don’t see any reason to microzone.

“This is undemocratic and very dangerous to democracy…I don’t want to see that arm of government being bastardized in dictatorship”, the politician streesed.

Chika also stated that APC has been cantankerous due to different advice coming from many quarters, faulting the sharing of the top seats in the legislature.

“How did you exclude the North Central, so I think it is a biased thing? Somebody just think I must make this person whether he is going to cover up for me.”

The former Reps member added that he believes President-elect Bola Tinubu is a honourable man and “should think beyond Lagos State”.

“This is Nigeria and not Lagos House of Assembly and we have a National Assembly consisting of people from everywhere and with different character.”

The ex-lawmaker reminded the APC that it does not have the majority, particularly in the House of Representatives where the minority is greater in number, while noting that the law did not say only an APC member-elect must be the Speaker, he said the party may lose out if it becomes “very careless”.

He however, advised the leadership of the ruling party to have a rethink, saying the country is not under a military regime, but in a democratic administration.

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