- The member-elect representing Darazo/Ganjuwa federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Mansur Manu Soro, says Femi Gbajabiamila will become speaker on June 11
- Soro says he and others are only waiting for June 11 to elect Gbajabiamila and Ahmed Idris Wase as speaker and deputy, respectively
- The member-elect says emergence of Gbajabiamila and Wase will galvanise a cohesive legislature that will give all members a sense of belonging
Mansur Manu Soro of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said all necessary preparations have been made for the emergency of Femi Gbajabiamila as speaker of the House, adding that he and others are only waiting for June 11 to elect him.
Soro, who is the member-elect representing Darazo/Ganjuwa federal constituency in the House of Representatives, said that two-third of the members from different political parties would cast their votes for Gbajabiamila and his running mate, Ahmed Idris Wase, Daily Trust reports.
Legit.ng notes that Soro said: “We are okay, waiting for June 11th to elect Gbajabiamila as Speaker. You know the house standing order provides that election of speaker and deputy should take precedence over any other business on the day of inauguration. I can confidently tell you that nearly two-third number of us are voting for Femi and Wase as Speaker and Deputy come June 11, 2019.
“By law, we need a minimum of just 181 to succeed but with the bi-partisan approach the campaign has adopted, we comfortably have far more than that.
“Femi Gbajabiamila is a humble lawmaker that believes in constructive engagement and dialogue. You may be surprised to see him becoming the speaker unopposed because he is aggressively taking the campaign to the doorstep of members."
"Quite a number of aspirant has stepped down for him so far."
According to Soro, the emergence of Gbajabiamila and Wase will galvanise a cohesive legislature that will give all members a sense of belonging.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers threw his weight behind Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who is contesting for speaker of the House of Representatives in the ninth National Assembly.
Wike, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), received Gbajabiamila/Wase campaign team at the Government House in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, May 22.
According to the governor, he is supporting Gbajabiamila because of the latter's capacity.
He said: ”I don’t support you based on party lines; I support you based on capacity. When you get there, we must work as a people; party is just a vehicle to convey you to your political destination.
“Party line is the major reason why Nigeria has not made any progress. It was the reason why our Electoral Act was not assented to."
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