- Muhammad Monguno withdraws from the race to become speaker and endorses Femi Gbajabiamila
- Monguno hinges his withdrawal on the decision of the APC and Gbajabiamila's experience
- The senior lawmaker says it is fair to step down since the position of Senate president is zoned to north east
A top contender for the position of speaker of the ninth House of Representatives, Muhammad Monguno, on Thursday, April 11, stepped down from the race and endorsing Femi Gbajabiamila, his colleague from Lagos state.
Monguno, who is currently the chairman of the House committee on agriculture, was reported to have said he took the action to avoid disobeying the decision of the party.
The Nation reports that Monguno argued that the decision of the All Progressives Congress (APC) supercedes personal ambitions.
The lawmaker, who represents Marte/Monguno/Nganzai federal constituency of Borno state, further argued that since the party had zoned the Senate presidency to the north east, it was fair that House members from the same region should naturally drop their ambitions.
According to Monguno, Gbajabiamila ranks highest and most qualified among all the contenders for the seat since he is very experienced and currently the most senior APC member in the House, having spent 16 years.
“I believe we should all rally round the party and give them the necessary support. I can’t continue with my ambition because the party has zoned the Senate president’s seat to my zone.
“I’m a loyal party man and I should be the one to be calling on my colleagues to support the party on this. I decided to drop my ambition and support Femi to emerge.
“If we’ll tell ourselves the truth, Femi is the most ranking among us, and he knows the job,” he said.
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Monguno argued that Gbajabiamila had been a principal officer since 2007 and successfully led the opposition as the minority leader during the seventh Assembly.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Abdulmuminin Jibrin, the lawmaker representing Bebeji/Kiru federal constituency of Kano state in the House of Representatives, recently said that Femi Gbajabiamila would emerge the next speaker of the House.
Jibrin stated this on Monday, April 8, while appearing on Politics Today, a programme of Channels Television, ahead of the inauguration of the ninth Assembly in June.
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