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ANPP advocates more representation in NASS

23 July 2013, 10:39

Gwagwalada - Zakari Angulu, leader of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) in the FCT on Monday called for more representation of the residents in the National Assembly to strengthen democracy in the territory.

Angulu made the call in Gwagwalada during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

"The FCT is too big to have only one Senator and two House of Representatives members in the National Assembly.

"I expect that what is happening in states should also happen in FCT but if the territory cannot be given three Senatorial seats, we should at least be given two.

"For House of Representatives, if we cannot be treated like states, we should have at least three seats so that the people can easily reach those they elected’’, he said.

According to him, the issue of having a mayor will address the challenge of inadequate political seats for FCT in the National Assembly.

Angulu, therefore, appealed to the National Assembly to revisit the mayoral agitation by residents and indigenes of FCT.

He said the vote by the Senate rejecting a mayoral status for Abuja was a setback and not in the interest of the territory.

He attributed the difficulty in reaching elected officials as well as the slow pace of development in satellite towns of the territory to its poor representation in the National Assembly.

The ANPP stalwart said an increased number of seats for the FCT in the Senate and the House of Representatives would encourage both indigenes and residents to invest in politics.

 - NAN

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