- Northern lawmakers are reportedly speaking against leadership imposition
- The lawmakers have reportedly rejected APC's choice of Gbajabiamila and Lawan
- This is in reaction to El-Rufai's call to end godfatherism in Lagos
Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s statement in Lagos calling for the end of godfatherism has reportedly sparked interest among northern House of Representatives members.
Vanguard reports that ahead of the inauguration of the National Assembly leadership, the members are speaking against imposition of leaders.
Recall that the All Progressives Congress has endorsed Senator Ahmad Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila for Senate presidency and speaker of House of Representatives respectively.
A source familiar with the development claimed El-Rufai’s statement has jolted the lawmakers of the political implication of godfatherism and imposition.
This has also reportedly further bolstered Senator Ali Ndume to continue with his campaign for Senate presidency.
For the House, the source stated that an aspirant from Northern Central geopolitical zone is being considered. No name was however mentioned.
The source said: “The new narrative against godfatherism by the northern leaders is not unconnected to the house leadership tussle. They are realizing that giving too much power to one person or zone can be very dangerous much more for 2023. I can tell you that the northern lawmakers are realigning.
“They are seriously considering someone from north central zone for the House speakership to balance the power allocation. This time even the southeast is being factored in. Remember that the north west has produced the president and south west, the vice president. APC has zoned the senate presidency to northeast. But why would an Ndume up his campaign suddenly? Why would El-rufai take his counseling to Lagos of all states of the federation. Something is in the offing. I pray for their candidates anyway. But the support for the favourite choices of APC will wane in less than no time. The game is on”
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Meanwhile, a group, Yoruba Council of Youths Worldwide warned Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, to desist from acts that could earn him disgrace from the Yoruba nation.
The council’s president, Aremo Oladotun Hassan, said the statement credited to El-Rufai saying he would teach Lagosians how to end godfatherism was “abysmally insulting.”
Hassan who was addressing journalists in Lagos on Tuesday May 7, queried why the governor would leave his state, which is under intense insecurity and fears, and “utter such seditious statement in a Yoruba land.”
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