07 July 2021 by Aisha Adesanya
Members of the House of Representatives from the 17 Southern States have unanimously endorsed the resolutions of the Southern Governors’ Forum SGF on the resolve that the next President of Nigeria should emerge from the southern region.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Leader of the Southern Caucus Victor Nwokolo from Delta State.
The Federal lawmakers added that Nigeria must and should exist on the pillars of justice, equity, fairness, peaceful coexistence and mutual respect, particularly in the political, economic and structural management of the national diversity.
They also pointed out that the demand that the next President of Nigeria should come from the Southern region unambiguously represents the opinion of majority of Nigerians across board, in tandem with the already established rotation of Presidency position between Southern and Northern Nigeria.
The Caucus while expressing its commitment to free, fair, credible and transparent elections, said it is totally in support of the SGF’s stance in rejecting 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.
The Southern Caucus described the attempt to tamper with the Electoral Act to remove electronic transmission of result as malicious and unpatriotic aimed at emasculating our electoral system, underming and destabilizing democracy.
On the Petroleum Industry Bill, the Southern members of the House of Representatives also backed the southern governors forum in rejecting the proposed 30% share of profit for the exploration of oil and gas in the basins.
They also rejected moves to vest the ownership structure of the Nigeria National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC) in the Federal Ministry of Finance and support calls that
the 5% share of the oil revenue to host community as recommended by the House of Representatives be adopted.
On security, the Southern members of the House of Representatives restated their support for establishment of state police, ban on open grazing by southern states and that state governors, as Chief Security Officers in the states must be duly informed before any security institution undertakes any operation in their states.