More intrigues as "elders" forum shuns APC, unveils candidate for House speaker

More intrigues as "elders" forum shuns APC, unveils candidate for House speaker

- A north central elders' forum has endorsed Idris Wase as the next speaker of House of Representatives

- Wase is the deputy house leader of the House of Reps from the north central zone

- The forum said it endorsed the lawmaker after thorough consideration and because of his wide experience

More trouble is brewing for the All Progressive Congress (APC) as its endorsement of House leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, as the 9th House of Representatives speaker was rejected by a north-central elders' forum.

The forum during a press conference on Tuesday, April 9, in Abuja announced its support for the deputy leader of the House of Representatives, Idris Wase, as the next speaker, Premium Times reports.

Speaking for the forum, Muhammadu Ari-Gwaska said the group threw its weight behind Wase after due consultations and because of his wide experience as a lawmaker.

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The group, gathers, said it believed that another contestant from the zone, Umaru Bago, would step down for Wase, while also vowing to resist attempt to shortchange the north central zone in power sharing.

Ari-Gwaska said: "The people of this zone have over the years molded our diversity into a strong quilt that has strengthened us with the capacity to engage and interrogate the exogenous manipulation of power, leadership and patronage among the comity of nations to bring into sharp focus the understanding of our place as a bridge in the Nigerian Project."

The forum also urged the ruling party to reverse its endorsement of the Lagos lawmaker Gbajabiamila and field in Wase as its candidate for the prestigious position. recalls that APC chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, had earlier announced the party's endorsement of both Senator Ahmed Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila for the positions of Senate president and House speaker respectively.

The decision has, however, generated ripples of controversy as other federal lawmakers eyeing the positions kicked, in what set the track for a repeat of the 2015 political theatrics.

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Meanwhile, there were strong indications that no fewer than 35 senators from the ruling APC were backing former Senator Ali Ndume, to clinch the seat of Senate president for the 9th Assembly. reported that the lawmakers were reportedly angry with the leadership of the party over its decision to impose Senate leader, Ahmed Lawan without recourse to them. ( -> Same great journalism, upgraded for better service!

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