The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has urged members-elect of the Ninth House of Representatives to consider religious balancing, character and integrity in electing their Speaker.
The group, comprising the opposition parties in the country, made the appeal on Sunday in Abuja at a world press conference addressed by its
Co-National Spokesperson, Mr Mark Adebayo.
The group argued that with the multi-ethnic and multi-religious nature of the country, efforts must be made to ensure balance in political offices.
“President Muhammadu Buhari is a Muslim; his Vice, Yemi Osinbajo is a Christian. It is also clear that the position of the Senate President will be occupied by a Muslim Senator from the North-East.
“Therefore, in line with the APC zoning arrangement, the Speaker of the House of Representatives from the South-West must be a Christian. The delicate religious inclinations in the country must be balanced.
“The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), the umbrella Christian body, had already raised the red flag on this and it is important for members-elect to take cognizance of the fact,” Adebayo said.