Speakership: I am still in the race, says Dyegh

Speakership: I am still in the race, says Dyegh

- Honorable John Dyegh says his ambition to run for the Speakership seat in the incoming 9th National Assembly is still intact

- Dyegh, a PhD holder from Benue state, is a second term lawmaker on the platform of the APC

- The lawmaker said he had no reason to step down for anyone in the race

Hon. John Dyegh, a member of the House of Representatives contesting for the office of Speaker of the 9th National Assembly says he is still in the race.

Dyegh representing Gboko/Tarka federal constituency of Benue state, while briefing journalists in Abuja, said he had no reason to step down for anyone.

His words: “I am still strongly in the race; I do not have any reason to step down for anybody and by the grace of God, I am taking it to the end.

“I am not making a show of it; it is not about parading numbers. For me it is like evangelism, one-on-one engagement with colleagues and what members decide at the end of the day on the floor is what will be.’’

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He said paramount in his agenda, if elected as speaker, was making the financing and expenditure of the House public.

The lawmaker said that the independence of the legislature without friction with other arms was also paramount in his agenda.

According to him, since public funds are used to finance government, there is need for the people to know the details, as a matter of right.

Dyegh said that there would be a deeper oversight function under his watch as he would ensure all committee fully undertake the function by strengthening them.

He noted that it was not right for the executive to dictate for the legislature neither was it acceptable for party to dictate who heads House Committees.

“Headship of committees should be determined by experience and competence and not by political affiliations or creed,’’ he stated.

Meanwhile, some petitioners have commenced an online petition urging President Muhammadu Buhari to wash his hands off Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila’s bid towards becoming Speaker of the House of Representatives in the incoming 9th National Assembly.

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The petitioners said their stance is based on an alleged clear evidence of fraud and moral questions concerning Gbajabiamila’s past deeds.

Comrade Ade Lawal, a social activist and supporter of the petition told journalists in Abuja on Saturday, June 8, that many Nigerians were in support of the petition.

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