- Mohammed Umaru Bago has vowed not to step down for anyone in the speakership race
- The lawmaker representing Chanchaga federal constituency of Niger said APC made mistake zoning speakership to southwest
- Bago also denied the insinuation that he was behind the court battle against the personality of Femi Gbajabiamila
With less than three days to the inauguration of the ninth National Assembly and election of its presiding officers, a House of Representatives member, Mohammed Umaru Bago, has vowed not to step down for anyone in the speakership race.
Bago, a strong contender for the speakership position who represented Chanchaga federal constituency of Niger in the lower chamber, made this known during an interview with Daily Trust.
The lawmaker shrugged off pressure to step down, adding that by throwing hat into the ring he will only be providing alternative to the "wrong choice'' made by his party, the All Progressive Congress (APC).
Legit.ng notes that Bago's subtle jibe was a criticism of the ruling party's earlier endorsement of of Femi Gbajabiamila for the speakership position.
He said: ''They brought everything to make this government a fruition. We’ve done our best and we deserve to be compensated. That’s all we’re asking for – fairness.
''We are saying that we’re not antagonizing the party either. We’re only providing alternative for the wrong choice the party has made ab initio, so that the party might have a rethink before Tuesday and say ‘okay, we’ve made a mistake, let us do things rightly.''
Reacting to the allegation that he was behind the recent court case against Gbajabiamila alleging that he was convicted in the United States, the lawmaker maintained strong innocence on the matter.
He, however, admonished Gbajabiamila to clear his name from the messy allegation that was raised by CUPP ahead of the NASS inauguration.
He said: ''To be honest with you, I’m not aware of anybody in my campaign organization suing or not suing, but the most important thing is that this thing has been in the public glare. It has been lingering since 2015.
''But, I think if I were Gbajabiamila, I will not let anybody respond on my behalf; I’ll come out publicly and address the questions one after the other. But for your DG or any other person to be talking, those things are rubbish.''
Bago also boasted that come June 11 when the new parliament will be inaugurated, he would come out victorious.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that a total of 183 out of the 360 members of the incoming 9th House of Representatives reportedly backed House Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila for the position of speaker of the lower chamber.
Abdulmumin Jibrin, the chairman of the Gbajabiamila/Wase campaign Council, who made the disclosure on Saturday, June 8, said the campaign team was confident that Gbajabiamila and Wase would emerge as speaker and deputy speaker respectively on Tuesday, June 11.
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