- A federal lawmaker said he would not want to be anointed by any politician as a Speaker of the House of Representatives
- Umar Bago said he wants to either be voted in or out by his colleagues in the 9th Assembly
- According to Bago, the north central deserve to get a position as the Speaker of the House of Representatives
The lawmaker representing Chanchaga federal constituency, Umar Bago, has said that he does not want to be anointed by any political godfather for the speakership position at the House of Representatives.
Bago who is in the race for the position of the Speaker for the House of Representatives said he will prefer a situation where he is either voted in or voted out by his collegaues in the House.
Speaking with journalists in Abuja, Bago said: "I don't want to be anointed, I do not want to be anointed. If you anoint me, I will resign, so don't anoint me. Let the people, my colleagues, on equal ground vote me, in or out."
He also noted that north central should be considered in the race for the House Speakership for total equity and representation.
Bago said the people of the north central have played their role in ensuring the emergence of an administration which have come to serve the people of Nigeria.
The lawmaker, said: "We need to tell each other the truth and all these people that have come to recognise themselves to our cause are people who believe in equity and everybody in the north central is crying out to the world to say, injustice is about to happen and they will not let it happen," Bago said.
Bago noted that the governor of Niger state is in support of his ambition as well as everone in the state.
"If they bring it to the north central then whomever that is contesting, we can now iron it out and we will go to the poll but we are saying, zone it properly," Bago said.
Stating that even without federal character in Nigeria, there is need for everone to have a sense of belonging, Bago said he would like to state emphatically that every zone has contributed in making the APC government today no matter how little.
He further called for the consideration of every region in Nigeria for specific positions.
“One, we have a President of the country who is coming from the northwest zone, so looking at the six political offices we have in this country the northwest has been settled. Having the Vice President from the southwest, means that zone has been settled.
Zoning the senate presidency to the north east and the deputy to south south that also means the zones has been settled.
For the speakership, if my party had come out to say we are zoning the speaker to the south east I won't have bothered to even contest or better still I would have probably contested for the position of deputy speaker but anything short of that is unacceptable by me. Are our brothers and sisters in the southeast not part of this country?" he questioned.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Bago, has warned that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is not guided by individual thought but on the party's constitution and principles.
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Bago said the constitution of the APC and that of Nigeria is clear on the issue of equity across boards.
The lawmaker said the people of the state are clamouring for equity in leadership zoning formular. Stating that the North Central has been marginalised over leadership in the House of Representatives since 1999, Bago said irrespective of preference, leadership cannot be forced on the people.
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