- The battle for who succeeds Hon Femi Gbajiamiala as the Leader of the House of Representatives is taking shape
- Several lawmakers from the north-west geo-political zone are eyeing the plum job in the green chambers
- The primary functions of a Majority Leader in the House of Representatives usually relate to floor duties
The battle for who succeeds Honourable Femi Gbajiamiala as the Leader of the House of Representatives is taking shape as several lawmakers from the north-west geo-political zone are eyeing the plum job in the green chambers.
According to Leadership newspaper, at the moment, there is ongoing horsetrading, permutations and negotiations on who succeeds Gbajabiamila who is set to becomes the 9th Speaker of the House of Representatives following his adoption by the All Progressive Congress (APC).
The party had also zoned the Deputy Speaker position to the north-central geo-political zone.
While the politicking and intrigues for who becomes the speaker and deputy continued, the horse-trading of who becomes the majority leader of the House has also begun in earnest.
The north-west is demanding to be given the House Leader position on the strength that they delivered the highest number of votes to APC and President Muhammadu Buhari in the February presidential election.
It is instructive to note that the north-west boasts of the highest number of lawmakers in the House of Representatives. It also worthy to note that the primary functions of a majority leader in the House of Representatives usually relate to floor duties.
The majority leader is the lead speaker for the majority party during floor debates, develops the calendar, assists the speaker with and programme development, policy formation and policy decisions.
The majority leader generally develops the majority caucus agenda with the principal leaders, presides over the majority caucus meetings and assists with the development of policy.
Consequently, Musa Sarkin Adar who come from Sokoto state in the north-west has thrown his hat into the ring for the position.
Other contenders for the position of the majprity leader include Hon Abdulmumuni Jibril, incumbent chief whip Hon. Ado Doguwa, and Hon. Kawu Sumaila, all from Kano.
During the 8th National Assembly’s raging battle to support Gbajabiamila against Dogara it was Sarkin Adar who led 176 members to campaign for the Speakership seat. At the end of the day, many of those 176 supporters of Gbajabiamila switched camp and switched political loyalty, leaving only Sarkin Adar and a few others to continue the campaign for Gbajabiamia.
At the moment, Jibril is the chief campaigner for Gbajabiamila and also has a bright chance.
Doguwa and Sumaila are also key contenders due to their status as ranking members in the lower house.
Meanwhile, Second Republic lawmaker and a Board of Trustees (BoT) member of the APC, Senator Abba Ali has okayed the party’s decision to adopt leaders of the incoming 9th National Assembly.
Senator Ali said the party has the final say on the persons to occupy the Senate presidency and Speakership seats, even as he urged party members to shy away from personal interest and look at the national and party’s interest in the whole process.
On some APC lawmakers insisting on running despite the party’s position, he said the ongoing division is normal and expected, but added that the issue is a family affair that would be resolved amicably.
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