- Honourable Abdulrazak Namdas has declared his intention to run for the office of the speaker in the 9th assembly
- Namdas is currently the spokesman of the House of Representatives
- The APC lawmaker who promised to work with the executive said independence of the legislature shall not be compromised under his watch
Spokesman of the House of Representatives, Abdulrazak Namdas (APC-Adamawa), has declared his intention to run for the office of the speaker in the 9th assembly.
Namdas, who made the declaration on Tuesday, March 26, in Abuja, said though the challenges could be enormous, he had offered himself for the office of the speaker.
“I have the legislative experience having been the spokesman for the house in the last four years; I have what it takes to lead the house as the speaker," Namdas said.
Namdas congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari on his re-election and all members-elect on their victory at the polls. He enjoined members-elect to put the nation first in all they were doing.
He said that if elected speaker, he would ensure gender equity and fairness in the 9th assembly.
While promising to work with the executive, Namdas said that the independence of the legislature shall not be compromised under his watch. He appealed to his colleagues to team up and to invest in him to produce a speaker for all and a speaker for Nigeria.
In a goodwill message, Rep. Abdulraman Shaibu (APC-Adamawa), advised the governing party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), to consult widely before zoning principal offices at the National Assembly.
Shaibu said that members should be allowed to choose their leaders as they knew themselves better than the party.
“Let us not allow what happened in 2015 to repeat itself; lawmakers know who will best represent their interests," he said.
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Namdas would be returning to the house for the second time after emerging victorious at the polls.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, the House of Representatives member representing Isiukwuato/ Umunneochi federal constituency of Abia state, disclosed why she wanted to become speaker of the House.
She said: “Having a speaker of the House of Representatives from the south-east will definitely help to assuage the feelings of exclusion."
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