Don't be intimidated over National Assembly leadership - Lawmaker tells colleagues

Don't be intimidated over National Assembly leadership - Lawmaker tells colleagues

- Honourable Mohammed Bago has called on his colleagues at the National Assembly never to be intimidate over leadership tussle rocking the chambers

- Bago said he is the most qualified candidate for the speakership at the ninth National Assembly

- The lawmaker also debunked claims that he was abandoned by some of his colleagues and people of Niger state over his ambition to become speaker of the House of Representatives

The lawmaker representing Chanchaga federal constituency, Mohammed Bago has urged members-elect for the ninth House of Representatives not to be intimidated by anyone who tries to impose a leader on them.

Bago while speaking in Abuja on Wednesday, April 24, said his campaign for speaker of the House of Representatives is issue based.

He also said it was regrettable that some of the issues raised by his campaign organisation are yet to be addressed by the party.

"I want to reassure our colleagues and all the honourable members-elect for the ninth Assembly that they should not be intimidated, they should follow their heart," Bago said.

"They know where to go, nobody is going to be there to record you, nobody is going to see your heart. All these things are gimmicks," he added.

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The lawmaker also debunked reports that some of the lawmakers-elect for the 9th Assembly and his state (Niger) have abandoned his ambition to become the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

He said: "I wasn’t disowned by my colleagues, members-elect from my state and neither did my party reject me. What the state chairman said was that the state chapter wants to tow the path of the party and it is Okay and understandable for it to do so; that is the beauty of democracy."

“But their decision will not stop me from contesting; by the grace of God, come June 9, I am going to the floor of the House to contest and I will emerge victorious," Bago noted.

Also reacting to reports that he ha withdrawn from the race, Bagos said he will emerge victorious as speaker of the House of Representatives.

The trending story is that I have withdrawn from the race, this is not true. I'm in the race and I'm going to go to the floor of the House and Insha Allah, will come out victorious.

On the call for an open ballot voting for the National Assembly leadership position by some members of a civil society organisation, Bago said it is unfortunate that the same group failed to push for such during the general elections.

Bago said: "If they are genuine on what they are doing, they woild have called for same at the general election. We cannot continue to allow people abuse and cause mischief for the people."

"The question is, who is afraid of who? Why are you afraid? You say Mr. A has every pedigree, has every qualification and he has the numbers and you're already telling people and coarse them and the parliament to change their rules overnights.

These things are not okay and it will not happen," he said.

Meanwhile, previously reported that Bago had said that he does not want to be anointed by any political godfather for the speakership position at the House of Representatives.

He said he will prefer a situation where he is either voted in or voted out by his colleagues in the House.

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The lawmaker said: "I don't want to be anointed, I do not want to be anointed. If you anoint me, I will resign, so don't anoint me. Let the people, my colleagues, on equal ground vote me, in or out."

He also noted that north central should be considered in the race for the House Speakership for total equity and representation. ( -> We have upgraded to serve you better.

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