Speakership: Lawmakers mount pressure on Betara to contest

Speakership: Lawmakers mount pressure on Betara to contest

- The intrigues in the National Assembly over the leadership of the 9th National Assembly is still on

- Some members of the House of Representatives are beginning to mount pressure on Muktar Aliyu-Betara, to contest for the Speakership position

- Aliyu-Betara, an APC member, represents Biu/Bayo/Shani/Kwaya Kusar federal constituency in Borno state

Some members of the House of Representatives are beginning to mount pressure on Muktar Aliyu-Betara, a member of the House of Representatives from Borno state to contest for the position of Speaker of the House of Representatives in the incoming 9th National Assembly.

The lawmaker represents Biu/Bayo/Shani/Kwaya Kusar federal constituency and is a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

One of the members, Ibrahim Baba who represents Katagum federal constituency of Bauchi state said he, alongside like-mind members have decided to prevail on Betara to vie for the number four seat in the country.

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“As the chairman of the committee on Defense, he has proven beyond reasonable doubt that he has the pedigree to lead the house and carry the entire members along.”

“We have spoken to him and we believe he will hid to our calls and throw his hat into the ring,” he said.

The lawmaker said his colleagues in the legislative chamber consider him as a credible alternative and capable hand to lead the house.

He added that most of those rooting for Betara for the position are also of the understanding that he will bring his wealth of experience as chairman of one of the most important committees in the house to use if elected speaker.

At least 10 members of the house have indicated interest to run for the same position.

The lawmakers cut across the different geo-political zones in the country.

The APC enjoys a clear majority in the incoming House of Representatives, winning over 200 of the 360 seats.

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Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has explained why it settled for Senator Ahmad Lawan and Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila as Senate president and speaker respectively.

The party leadership said its decision was because the duo are the highest ranking members in both chambers of the National Assembly.

The party on Wednesday, March 27, through its national publicity secretary, Malam Lanre Issa-Onilu, also said it is working to achieve consensus among its federal legislators, adding that all the aggrieved aspirants are being spoken to, to understand the position of its leaders.

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