- Jide Olatunbosun, an APC member, has indicated interest in the speakership race in the House of Representatives
- The interest in the position is coming after the APC already picked Femi Gbajabiamila as its preferred candidate
- Olatunbosun also sent his colleagues in the House text messages to declare his intention for the position and sought their support
A member of the House of Representatives representing Saki West/Saki East/Atisbo Federal Constituency in Oyo state, Jide Olatunbosun, has shown interest in the race for the speakership of the House of Representatives.
Olatunbosun won his re-election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) during the February 23 National Assembly elections, Premium Times reports.
The lawmaker made his intention known to join the contest for the speaker seat on Monday, May 6, weeks after the party picked Femi Gbajabiamila as its preferred candidate for position.
Olatunbosun has also sought the support of his colleagues through a text message he sent to them on Monday, May 6.
The lawmaker in his SMS said: “My intention to contest for the office of the speaker. My compliments, dearest colleagues, with utmost sense of responsibility, I write to humbly notify you of my intention to vie for the office of the speaker, House of Representatives.
“In realisation of this, I hereby solicit your kind support. Yours in service of the nation."
Olatunbosun will be contesting against the incumbent majority leader Gbajabiamila, Ado Doguwa, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha and others to succeed Speaker Yakubu Dogara.
The lawmaker had, last month, said he was under pressure to contest for the speakership position. He said he has also been under intense pressure from many interest groups to join the race for the speakership.
“Sometimes, I put off my phones due to intense pressure I received from lot of interest groups, individuals and various organisations who want me to be the speaker.
“So many of my colleagues who have been re-elected and even some new members from other states also call me to encourage me to contest,” he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Abdulmuminin Jibrin, the lawmaker representing Bebeji/Kiru federal constituency of Kano state in the House of Representatives, said that Femi Gbajabiamila would emerge the next speaker of the House.
It was gathered that Jibrin stated this on Monday, April 8, on live TV ahead of the inauguration of the ninth Assembly in June.
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