Speakership: Youth group dares APC, insists on Hon. Wase

Speakership: Youth group dares APC, insists on Hon. Wase

- Support for Hon. Ahmed Idris Wase as the Speaker of the incoming 9th National Assembly is gaining prominence by the day

- A group, Conference of Nigerian Youths in Defence of Democracy (CNYDD) has insisted on the choice of the Plateau lawmaker

- This is despite the endorsement of the House Leader, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila by the leadership of the APC

A group, Conference of Nigerian Youths in Defence of Democracy (CNYDD) has insisted on the choice of the current Deputy Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ahmed Idris Wase as the Speaker of the incoming 9th National Assembly.

This is despite the reported endorsement of the House Leader, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila by the leadership of the All Progressive Congress (APC).

Addressing a joint press conference on Wednesday, April 17 in Abuja, the group’s national chairman, Comrade Adnan R. Ali; national secretary, Comrade Baffo Umar; and director of media, Mr. Jibrin Danpullo, described Hon. Wase as a selfless and detribalized Nigerian.

According to them, the ranking member who represents Wase Federal Constituency of Plateau state since 2007, has a track record of brilliant performance as a lawmaker.

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They noted that the leadership positions of both chambers of the National Assembly were somewhat “sacred and highly-revered and that the various principal officers posts, either in the green or red chamber ought not be for all comers.”

“For now, the number of those seeking to succeed Rt. Honourable Yakubu Dogara as speaker is immaterial when juxtaposed to the number of outstanding leadership qualities that must be possessed by any leader.

“While the competence, ability and integrity of some lawmakers who intends to contest for Speakership have become subjects of public debate, the intimidating profile of Honourable Ahmed Idris Wase keep on rising like one bright star in a million galaxies,” they said.

They said Wase, as a faithful member of the APC family in Plateau, had since raised the bar of servant-leadership, as could be seen in his numerous youths’ empowerment programmes, while also awarding contracts and solely financing the constructions of several beneficial infrastructural projects across his constituency.

“In furtherance, Honourable Wase, who meritoriously served and is still serving as member of the House committee on emergency and disaster, environment, area councils, capital market, poverty alleviation, housing and habitat, justice, and public petitions, among others, has also sponsored numerous bills and motions on the floor of the House,” they added.

They, therefore, urged the APC National Working Committee (NWC) to have a re-think and zone the Speakership to north-central which had not produced the speaker since the advent of democracy in 1999.

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In a related development, Honorable John Dyegh, a lawmaker from Benue state, on Wednesday, April 17, declared his ambition to run for the Speakership seat.

Dyegh, a PhD holder, who is a second term lawmaker on the platform of the APC, said the north-central geopolitical zone had been marginalised in the leadership of the House since 1999.

He, however, acknowledged his loyalty to the APC, but noted that his region was neither convinced nor given reasons as to why the position should be ceded to the south-west that had already produced the vice president.

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