- Three Bauchi senators-elect and eight House of Representatives members-elect have endorsed Ahmad Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila for Senate president and House of Reps speaker respectively
- The lawmakers say they made the decision after giving due consideration to party supremacy and impeccable character of Lawan and Gbajabiamila
- The lawmakers also say they decided to support Lawan and Gbajabiamila in order to have a better patriotic and loyal leadership at the two chambers of the National Assembly
As the race for the leadership of the incoming ninth National Assembly continues to generate controversy, Senator Ahmad Lawan and Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila have been endorsed by three Bauchi senators-elect and eight House of Representatives members-elect.
The lawmakers adopted Lawan for Senate president and Gbajabiamila for speaker of the House of Representatives, Daily Trust reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the decision was taken after a meeting with Governor Mohammed Abubakar and the Bauchi state APC chairman, Uba Ahmed Nana.
According to the lawmakers, they decided to support Lawan and Gbajabiamila in order to have a better patriotic and loyal leadership at the two chambers of the National Assembly.
The lawmakers stated in a communique: “After giving due consideration to party supremacy and the impeccable character, wide acceptability track record, and legislative nous of Party’s choice of leaders for the 9th National Assembly, we hereby align ourselves with Party position on the matter and declare our unalloyed, unequivocal and unqualified support for Distinguished Senator Ahmed Lawan and Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila as President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Federal Republic of Nigeria respectively.
“In the spirit of parliamentary cooperation and collaboration, we hereby invite all Federal lawmakers (re-elected and newly-elected), especially those elected on the platform of our great party, APC, to come together even in the face of politics of calumny and divisive rhetorics and vote for Distinguished Senator Ahmed Lawan as Senate President and Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila Speaker of the House of Representatives of our dear nation."
The three senators-elect that signed the communique were: Senator Adamu Balkachuwa, Bauchi North; Senator Lawal Yahaya Gumau Bauchi South and Senator Halliru Dauda Jika, Bauchi Central.
Elected Members of the House of Representatives that signed the Communique were: Mansur Manu Soto, Darazo/Ganjuwa federal constituency; Tata Umar, Zaki, Garba Mohammed Gololo, Gamawa and Abdullahi Sa’ad Abdulkadir, Ningi/Warji. The rest were: Kani Abubakar Faggo, Shira/Giade; Umar Muda Lawal, Toro; Mashema Mohamed, Itas/Jamaare and Makama Misau representing Misau/Dambam federal constituency.
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Legit.ng previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari personally took charge of lobbying incoming lawmakers to support Ahmad Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila.
Senator Ahmad Lawan wants to be the next Senate president, while Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila is interested in becoming the next speaker of the House of Representatives.
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