Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila has gotten the support of some key APC members in the House of Representaives
- Aliyu, the north-west coordinator of APC newly-elected members, said the decision to support Gbajabiamila was to uphold party supremacy
- He also said the decision would bolster democracy and ensure stability at the green chambers
A House of Representatives member-elect, Almustapha Aliyu (APC-Sokoto) on Sunday, April 21 said lawmakers from the ruling party have no choice but to support Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila as the Speaker of the incoming 9th Assembly.
The APC had on Tuesday, April 18, adopted Gbajabiamila when President Muhammadu Buhari hosted members-elect to a dinner at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Aliyu, the north-west coordinator of the APC newly-elected members of the House of Representative, who is to represent Rabah and Wurno federal constituency, said the decision to support Gbajabiamila was to uphold party supremacy, bolster democracy and ensure stability at the green chambers.
His words: “We are also restating our loyalty and commitment to our great party. This, we do, also to ensure that the laudable policies and programmes of President Muhammadu Buhari sail through, in the general interests of Nigerians.
“Our aim is to prevent the ugly development of the 8th assembly. Having being elected and given the mandate freely by the electorate, we need to pay back. We have to remain loyal as well as uphold the lofty ideals of the APC.”
He frowned at what he called the ongoing political intimidation and victimisation of some civil servants, traditional and religious leaders, as well as businessmen perceived as being loyal to the APC in Sokoto.
“The so-called leaders should separate politics from governance. These condemnable actions are endangering democracy.
“This is extremely regrettable and we are calling on the state government to urgently reverse the ugly trend, otherwise, we will not hesitate to take the necessary steps to seek redress, through the most appropriate channels,” Aliyu told NAN.
Meanwhile, a political group, Sustainable Democracy Agenda (SUDA), has called for open balloting during the election of presiding officers of the 9th National Assembly.
Convener of the group, Malam Ibrahim Usman, stated this in a statement made available to journalists on Sunday, April 21 in Abuja.
According to Usman, SUDA had uncovered plot by some principal officers of the present 8th Assembly to manipulate the election in both chambers through the use of secret balloting.
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