9th NASS: North-central forum endorses Olatubosun for speaker

9th NASS: North-central forum endorses Olatubosun for speaker

- Olajide Olatubosun has been endorsed by north-central forum for the post of speaker of the House of Representatives

- The group said the 9th assembly needs a speaker with a clear understanding of the challenges currently facing the country

- According to the forum, Olatubosun possesses all the qualifications required to lead a rancour-free parliament

- A political group, Sustainable Democracy Agenda, earlier called for open balloting during the election of presiding officers of the House

The north-central interreligious, intertribal political forum, has endorsed Hon. Olajide Olatubosun (APC-Oyo state) for election to the position of speaker, House of Representatives in the 9th National Assembly.

Olatubosun, representing Saki West/Saki East/Atisbo federal constituency of Oyo state is a second timer in the green chamber.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the group gave the endorsement at a media briefing addressed by its national publicity secretary, Aaron Odeh, on Sunday, May 27, in Abuja.

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The group said: “As a body interested in the peace and progress of Nigeria, we have come to the conclusion that the House of Representatives needs a speaker with a clear understanding of the challenges currently facing the country.

“The house also need a leader with the capacity to cooperate with the executive in providing proactive legislations to confront them.

“This is a time to engage a leadership with acceptable mien who can be trusted with power and ability to carry his colleagues along in order to take tough and credible decisions that will move the nation forward.

“To this extent, we have taken our time to look at those who have shown interests and have come to the conclusion that none of them is better qualified for the position than Hon. Olajide Olatubosun."

Odeh said Olatubosun is an accomplished accountant and financial expert with vast experience in the private sector before his election into the national assembly. He said the parliamentarian, a second timer, had contributed immensely, both at the plenary and committee levels, to the success of the Eighth Assembly.

"He is a dedicated lawmaker who believed in building bridges across tribal, racial, religious and political lines for the peaceful coexistence of the people of Nigeria.

“We, therefore, call on members of the House of Representatives to support Hon. Olatubosun for the speakership position as he possesses all the qualifications required to lead a rancour-free parliament. He will ensure hitch-free legislature-executive relationship," he added.

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Odeh commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his “integrity, doggedness and vision’ to steer the ship of the nation at this trying period. He, however called on him to respect the principles of separation of powers and checks and balances, stressing that they were fundamental to presidential democracy.

He said: “The institution of the legislature remains the arrowhead of modern democracy and any act to desecrate it should be resisted by men of goodwill.”

He therefore, called on the president to use his position as the father of the nation to allow democracy take its roots and allow the lawmakers-elect to decide those who would lead them in the 9th Assembly.

Legit.ng reported that a political group, Sustainable Democracy Agenda, called for open balloting during the election of presiding officers of the ninth National Assembly.

Convener of the group, Malam Ibrahim Usman, stated this in a statement made available to journalists on Sunday, April 21 in Abuja.

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