Merit will determine Assembly leaders, says Tinubu

Zoning will not be used to compromise the quality of leadership for the National Assembly, All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu said yesterday.

Speaking with reporters at the Defence House, Abuja,
Tinubu said the party had decided to allow all those interested in the leadership of the National Assembly to contest. He dismissed insinuations about his interest in who leads the Legislature.

He said: “You have heard from the party, you have heard from the leadership … I’m a disciplined party man and we will look at it critically.

“However, the nation is expecting us to take a decisive leadership decision and make one meritoriously. Merit will not be compromised. You have to be competent, you have to possess, the kind of character, attributes of the leader. You have to be pan-Nigerian and be a very solid character to lead the National Assembly and that is what we are talking about. It’s not zoning to compromise quality of leadership and competence of an individual.

“I believe we have a very determined party leadership and we have resolved to follow our leadership and the criteria set by that leadership, including myself; we would not use zoning to determine and compromise
the credibility, the qualification of an individual.

“It must be all – encompassing and that is the question, if you take zoning as discriminatory in some instances, you might compromise the quality of an individual.

“Let everybody aspire, just like we aspired; your cynicism, no matter what. You predicted during our presidential primaries that we were going to run into chaotic storm; we put those people to shame and we came out with the best. Expect the best from us always,” the former Lagos State governor said.

On the economy, Tinubu said: “The economic situation is a challenge, but as a party, we campaigned on issues and we have listened carefully to some detailed research and the economic indices are not what is expected. Slow growth, huge indebtedness, huge deficit and so many factors while the social issues are still there to be addressed. That is a challenge to leadership.

“The party campaigned on issues and we are going to tackle issues very aggressively.

“One thing that must be clear is that change has occurred. Then, the positive change based upon the expectation of Nigerians will follow.

“What ever the cynicism now, the government is yet to take over, but preparing to take over and ready to face the challenges to create that positive change. That is the expectation of Nigerians.

“It is clear that nobody has given you an indication of shying away from it. There would be a very serious dialogue, there would be a serious exposition and debate, a robust one for that matter for Nigerian public to be involved and what this government is up to for the future of this country.”

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