- The Mohammed Bago Campaign Organisation has dismissed some reports on the next Speaker of the House of Representatives
- The organisation said reports of the APC endorsing Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila as the Speaker is untrue
- The group said they are hopeful that the APC will zone the position to the north-central region of the country
The Mohammed Bago Campaign Organisation, has dismissed reports that the All Progressives Congress (APC) has endorsed Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila as the Speaker of the 9th House of Representatives.
The organisation described the reports as untrue, misleading and an attempt to stir trouble within the party.
Honourable Mohammed Umaru Bago, a ranking APC lawmaker, representing Chanchaga federal constituency in Niger state, is one of the front-runners contesting to be Speaker in the 9th National Assembly.
In a statement signed by the spokesperson of the organisation, Honourable Victor Afam Ogene on Monday, April 15, the organisation maintained that the party is yet to name or endorse any candidate for the position, noting that the ruling party so far, only zoned the position of the president of the Senate to the north-east geo-political zone.
He expressed the team’s confidence that the party for the sake of equity and fairness, will zone the position to the north-central region.
He added that Honourable Bago, himself a party loyalist, is hopeful that the ruling party will eventually endorse him as it’s preferred candidate.
Part of the statement read: “The report was based on a private ‘source’ within the National Working Committee, NWC of the party rather than official source.
“We totally discountenance the report. It is untrue, preposterous, ridiculous and at best, the figment of imagination of the writer.
“Members of the public would recall that it is no longer news that the party has since zoned the Senate presidential slot of the 9th National Assembly to the north-east geo-political zone of the country.
“The party has not endorsed anybody for Speakership. In fact, as a loyal party man, our principal, Hon. Mohammed Bago who is in the race, is also in high hopes that the party would eventually adopt him as the sole candidate for the office.
“The reason is simple: Bago has the requisite legislative and leadership skills to lead the 9th House. Besides this factor comes even the bigger and more sensitive issue of equity and social justice. Our principal hails from north-central zone which has been denied the office in the last 20 years of our democratic experience.
“We trust our party to do nothing but justice to the zone. We cannot cede a position to a zone that already has the vice president of Nigeria and other key offices in the present government.
“So, while we wait on the party to do the right thing - which is to settle for Bago as the sole candidate for the Speakership - we urge all stakeholders to critically examine the issues at stake and take a dispassionate position, so as to further engender unity in our great party.”
Meanwhile, some members of the House of Representatives are beginning to mount pressure on Muktar Aliyu-Betara from Borno state to contest for the position of Speaker in the incoming 9th National Assembly.
The lawmaker represents Biu/Bayo/Shani/Kwaya Kusar federal constituency and is a member of the APC.
One of the members, Ibrahim Baba who represents Katagum federal constituency of Bauchi state said he, alongside like-mind members have decided to prevail on Betara to vie for the number four seat in the country.
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