The APC Alliance for Good Governance, a socio-political group has tasked the National Assembly Service Commission (NASC) to follow due process in the appointment of a new a Clerk of the National Assembly (CNA).
Assistant National Coordinator of the group, Sani Liman, made the call in a statement in Abuja on Sunday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the outgoing CNA, Mr Amos Ojo is due to embark on mandatory pre-retirement leave on Monday following expiration of his tenure.
He condemned in no uncertain terms alleged intrigues being orchestrated by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to install a stooge in the position to allegedly perpetrate corruption and looting.
Liman alleged that the PDP is using the tussle for the replacement of Ojo to precipitate a crisis that would torpedo age-long tradition of seniority in the appointment of functional officers for the assembly.
He said, “For the avoidance of doubt, the APC Alliance for Good Governance is not interested in taking sides, but will always insist on due process and that the most senior and qualified candidate be appointed without further delay.
“Meanwhile, the outgoing Clerk, who is due to embark on mandatory pre-retirement leave on the Nov. 14 on expiration of his tenure, is angling to remain until Feb. 14, 2023 when he clocks 60 years of age as against the provision of extant rules.
“For fairness, posterity and in the best interest of APC, the leadership of the National Assembly should insist that commissioners and the Chairman, NASC do the right thing by following civil service due process of career path, progression and seniority.
“They should desist from manipulated political appointments of Clerks and Secretaries.
“For the sake of the commission’s institutional reputation and integrity of commissioners and the chairman, statutory processes should be allowed to take its natural course.
“And history will continue to remember the current commission’s administration for good,” he said. (NAN)