Stop overlooking north-central - Lawmaker declares interest to run for speaker, dares APC

Stop overlooking north-central - Lawmaker declares interest to run for speaker, dares APC

- Honourable Mohammed Umaru Bago, the chairman of the House committee on maritime safety, and a lawmaker from Niger state has declared his intention to contest foe the speaker of the House

- Bago also lamented the situation where APC picked Femi Gbjabiamila, a candidate from the south west for the position of the speaker

- The lawmaker said the north central has been marginalised for so long and things need to change as the south west is not better than his region

Honourable Mohammed Umaru Bago, the chairman of the House committee on maritime safety and education and a returning lawmaker from Niger state, has shown his intention to contest for the speaker of the House in the ninth Assembly.

It should be noted that the All Progressives Congress (APC) earlier zoned the position to the southwest as it took the house leader, Femi Gbajabiamila as his choice for speaker, Nigerian Tribune reports.

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Bago while declaring his interest at his campaign headquarters in Abuja on Sunday, March 30, said he is coming out to contest as a move to correct how the north central has been despised in power sharing in the country.

The lawmaker said the north central has never produced a speaker or deputy in the country since democracy started.

Bago said that the party should have taken the position to a zone that is currently dominating almost everywhere in the nation’s polity.

He said: “What’s the southwest’s contribution to the party’s victory in the last elections compared to that of the North Central? The north central zone had over 500,000 votes higher, the records are there for verification.”

He also complained the very need of choosing south west for the position, asking south south or south east was not considered if the case was that the position must go to the south.

In his words: “…as such, we deserve the position, not only as a state but also as a zone. So nobody can say he wants to expel us from this party. And no one will singlehandedly take over the structure of the legislature as well as the party.

“Apart from the zoning argument, if you say the South must get something, why insist on South West, why not South-South or the South East?

“But then, in terms of representation in the party and government, the South-South has the chairmanship of the party, and the Southwest has VP, what does North Central have? Nothing, so, in the interest of equity, justice and fair play, the party should allow the North Central to have the slot in the dispensation.”

He backed up his claim by citing section 14 subsections 1;1C; 3 and 4 of the constitution saying other regions have produced speakers.

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Honourable Bimbo Daramola, the director general of campaign organisation and a former member of the House, also charged the APC to adhere to the zoning formula to fill the various positions in the National Assembly.

Meanwhile, earlier reported that Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume representing Borno South Senatorial District in the upper chamber and who was also the first senate leader said that any attempt to impose people on the 9th senate will fail.

The former senate leader made this known in an interview with the media, as he also asked his party, the APC to be careful of not repeating its 2015 mistake. ( -> Same great journalism, upgraded for better service!

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