- The Niger state chapter of the APC backs the candidature of Femi Gbajabiamila for speakership position over the ambition of Mohammed Bago
- Jibril Imam, the Niger state APC chairman, says the decision was taken because the chapter could not go contrary to the stand of the party’s national leadership
The Niger state chapter of the APC has dealt a blow to the speakership aspiration of a House of Representative member, Mohammed Bago, after it backed Femi Gbajabiamila for the position.
Bago a House of Representatives member on the platform of the APC is from Niger state and is one of those contesting for leadership of the House.
But the APC in Niger state after a meeting held at the government House in Minna decided to back the candidature of Gbajabiamila in line with the position of the national leadership of the party.
The Niger APC’s state chairman, Jibril Imam, who disclosed the outcome of the meeting to journalists said the state chapter and National Assembly members from the state could not go contrary to the stand of the party’s national leadership on who to emerge as leaders of the 9th Assembly.
“Going by what happened during the tenure of the 8th National Assembly, the party at all levels decided to reach a middle ground to enable us present a formidable front on the matter,” he explained.
He said the Minna meeting was attended by six serving and elected members from the state, while two others sent in apologies but resolved to abide by all decisions taken at the meeting.
Meanwhile, Mohammed Bago 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, 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.
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