- Majority leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila's ambition to become the speaker has got boost
- 164 House of Reps members-elect on Thursday, April 18, vowed to throw their weight behind him
- The forum said it is not right for north central to agitate for the speakership since the north cannot produce the Senate president and speaker, House of Representatives at the same time
The aspiration of the majority leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, to become the speaker in the ninth National Assembly, on Thursday, April 18, got boost, as 164 newly elected members of All Progressives Congress (APC) endorsed him.
The Nation reports that the forum of the new members said it was not right for the north to produce the president of the Senate and demand for the position of speaker of the House of Representatives.
Legit.ng gathered that in a statement to newsmen in Abuja by the its chairman, Tunji Olabunmi Ojo and the director general, Dunkwu Nnamdi Chamberlain, the forum of newly elected APC members of the House of Representatives, said it would be difficult for them to go against the wishes of the party and President, Muhammadu Buhari.
According to the forum, APC zoned president to the north, the vice president to the south, Senate president to the north and now the speaker to the south.
It added those from the north central agitating for the speakership were insincere as the north cannot produce the Senate president and speaker, House of Representatives at the same time.
The forum said they expect all the APC elected members to respect the position of the party on the zoning of the speakership as they are products of the party.
Their statement read in part: “Every member of the party is a product of the party; the party gave everybody the platform to contest and apart from given platform, the party also gave assistant to members before, during and after elections.
“So, it is expected that as a loyal party members, we are supposed to toll the line of the party and now that the party and Mr. President have spoken that Femi should be supported for the Speaker of the House of Representatives, we expect every party faithful to toll that line and support Gbajabiamila to emerge as speaker of the House of Representatives.
“We believe he has the experience; more experience than other people that are contesting the position. It is not just enough for you to bring out posters. Femi is very qualified, eminently qualified more than any other person.
“Let just forget about geopolitical zone, we are talking about competence, we are talking about Nigeria, we are talking about the interest of the down trodden.
On how the forum intends to make impact in the election of the speaker, it said: “Well, the forum of the newly elected APC members has 164 representatives, then we have members of other political parties that are also affiliated to this Forum of new members irrespective of their political parties.
“Some of them were originally APC but because they could not get ticket during the primaries to contest, they moved to other parties.
‘’So, we have the same ideology, they are just there because they went to look for a platform to contest. They are all with us in this struggle to make sure that Femi emerges as the Speaker of House of Representatives.”
They claimed the election of Gbajabiamila would prevent what happened in the 8th Assembly, where the policies of the government and that of the party were frustrated.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that John Chike Okafor, a member of the House of Representatives for Ehime Mbani/ Ihite/ Obowo federal constituency of Imo state, joined the race for the speakership of the lower chamber.
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