- The national leader of the APC has been urged to allow members of the House of Representatives choose their leaders on merit
- An APC lawmaker accused Bola Tinubu of succeeding in passing his choice candidate for the 9th speakership as the choice of President Muhammadu Buhari
- Mohammed Bago said the party's leader had in 2015 tried to shove same mentee of his down the throat of members of 8th Assembly as that of President Buhari
A lawmaker of the All progressives congress has called on the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, to allow the leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila to seek votes of colleagues by merit.
The lawmaker representing Chanchaga federal constituency, Mohammed Bago, through the Bago Campaign Organization alleged that Tinubu in a swift approach has succeeded in passing his choice candidate for the 9th speakership as the choice of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Bago Campaign Organisation in a statement signed by Victor Ogene said the party's leader had in 2015 tried to shove same mentee of his down the throat of members of 8th Assembly as that of President Buhari.
He said the party's concern revolves around the reference to loyalty as basis for his decision to stand by his adopted as the next Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Ogene said in the pursuit of equity and fairness said all lawmakers aspiring for leadership positions in the House of Representatives must be allowed to do so based on merit.
He said: "It is our contention that nobody has the monopoly of loyalty. Put succinctly, it is not anyone's exclusive preserve and no one is a custodian of it."
According to Ogene, Tinubu as an acclaimed father of all members of the ruling party should critically consider the legitimate aspiration of the north central zone and ensure that justice is done rather than seeking to pitch party faithful who seek their just due against the President
"For example, while the entire six states of the South west gave our party a total of 259, 780 margin of victory over the rival People's Democratic Party in the presidential election, only Niger state - from where Hon. Mohammed Bago hail - secured for the APC a margin of win of 394, 319, thereby thumping the South west votes by 134,539 votes.
Wherein then lies the rationale for seeking to arrogate the Speakership position to the South west, which by the way already has the country's Vice Presidency in the kitty?" Ogene queried.
He also while every zone ought to be rewarded proportionately according to its work rate or contribution, the north central is at a loss.
"At the risk of sounding repetitive, we restate that no one currently jostling for the Speaker's position is more loyal to President Buhari than Hon. Bago.
From 2003 when he became a member of The Buhari Organization (TBO), to 2011 when he contested and won election to the House of Representatives on the platform of the defunct CPC, to 2015 and 2019 when he won re-election on the banner of the APC, Hon. Bago has remained a core Buharist, and any attempt to tar him with any brush of disloyalty cannot stick," Ogene added.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that 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.
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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