- The Niger state governor has thrown his weight behind the ambition of Umar Bago for the position of the Speaker of the House of Representatives
- The governor said the Niger state government and people would work together to ensure Bago emerges as Speaker of the House
- Honourable Bago said he will ensure justice, stability and equity at the House of Representatives
The Niger state governor Sani Bello has assured that he would do everything within his power to ensure the position of speakership of House of Representatives in the 9th Assembly comes to the state.
Governor Bello represented by his deputy Ahmed Ketso, said it was not proper for the party to have neglected the North Central zone and Niger state in particular, who have contributed greatly to the success of the party in Nigeria.
While addressing members-elect at Transcorp Hilton, at a meet and greet in Abuja threw his weight behind the lawmaker representing Chanchaga federal constituency of Niger state, Mohammed Bago for the position.
The governor said the Niger state government and people would work together to ensure Bago emerges as Speaker of the House.
Katso said: "I was directed by His Excellency to represent him here today. Going by our own record since 2015 to 2019, when you check the record, Niger State is about rated 6th in times of performance when it comes to deliver for APC in presidential elections."
"Governorship election, both all our 10 House of Representatives members, the 3 Senators and the 27 House of Assembly members in Niger state are all APC.
"This particular position of speakership is not in contest and it is not a miscalculation, when you check the record since 2015, we have a zoning pattern. The essence of zoning is to reduce tension and allow other regions to benefit.
"Today, on behalf of His Excellency and the people of Niger state, we are appealing to all the members-elect that this particular position should come to North Central, and to Niger state.
"We as a government will do everything humanly possible, both in morale support and otherwise, to ensure this position come to Niger state," Katso said on behalf of Governor Bello.
The governor promised to reach out to members-elect one by one, to ensure this position goes to Niger state.
Also speaking at the event, Honurable Bago said he would not have contested if APC had given the position to South East, adding that the North Central had been neglected for long.
Bago said: "We have decided to come this far in this journey, because we believe in equity.
"North Central is an integral part of this union called Nigeria. We have given our best to make APC where it is today, we are responsible also for the victory of our party.
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"In a union where you have six zones and two have been settled, the presidency has gone to North West and the vice presidency has gone to south west, we are left with four. It is only just for the remaining four zones to be allowed to participate," Bago said.
he further promised to ensure equity, justice and stability between lawmakers at the 9th Assembly for the good of all Nigerians.
"No man is an island to himself, we must work as a team. My position here is, what is good for the goose, is good for the gander.
"As Honourable members, we have a responsibility to protect one another, and another responsibility we have is to tell each other the truth. If they had zoned the speakership to south eastern part, I would not have contested it.
"In honesty, we cannot be second class citizen in our own country. We will not take it for anyone to impose a Speaker on us from Lagos state, it is not possible," Bago added.
Since the APC zoned the position to south west, about seven aspirants who are returning, have indicated interests, with more APC lawmakers itching to declare soon.
Amongst APC members interested in the position of speaker position are ouse spokesman Abdulrazak Namdas (Adamawa), Mukhtar Aliyu Betara (Borno), Idris Wase (Plateau), Nkeiruka Onyejeocha (Abia), John Okafor (Imo), Babangida Ibrahim (Katsina) and Mohammed Kazaure (Jigawa).
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that with the All Progressives Congress (APC) winning more seats in the National Assembly, President Muhammadu Buhari is reportedly interested in making sure the leadership position is not occupied by saboteurs.
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A senior aide to the president who spoke on the condition of anonymity said the president has no preferred candidate.
The aide, however, said Buhari will make sure “only persons selected by the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Working Committee (NWC) will be Senate president and other principal officers of both the Red and Green chambers.
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