Battle for Speakership Heightens as North Central Endorses Top Lawmaker Ahead of 10th NASS Resumption

Battle for Speakership Heightens as North Central Endorses Top Lawmaker Ahead of 10th NASS Resumption

  • Members of the North Central Frontiers said that the position of the 10th National Assembly must be handed to someone equal to the task
  • The group described Honourable Betara as an astute lawmaker who has judiciously used limited resources at his disposal to affect lives
  • According to the group, the Borno state lawmaker was instrumental to the emergence of Ahmad Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila as Senate president and speaker respectively

The North Central Frontiers (NCF) has backed the lawmaker representing Biu/Bayo/Shani Federal Constituency of Borno state, Muktar Betara, for the position of Speaker in the 10th National Assembly.

The group, in a statement signed by Moses Onah and Andrew Bot, its president and secretary-general respectively said Betara is tailor-made for handling the position of Nigeria's next speaker of the House of Representatives.

House of Representatives, Muktar Betara, 10th National Assembly, APC, PDP, 2023 general elections
Members of the North Central Frontier have made their preferred candidate for speaker public. Photo: House of Representatives
Source: Facebook

Describing the Borno legislator as experienced, competent and prepared, the group said its decision to support Betara, irrespective of the fact that he hails from the Northeastern region of the country is due to his achievements and track record in his constituency and the National Assembly in general.

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The NCF noted that the testimonies of Betara's selflessness, kind-heartedness and love for his people abound and should be leveraged to ensure that Nigeria gets the robust 10th NASS it desires.

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The group said:

"This young man has achieved more than his contemporaries. As a trained accountant, he has judiciously used limited resources at his disposal to affect lives.
"We recall how he donated thousands of solar-powered street lights to the three local government areas. He facilitated the construction of major roads network in Biu and others linking villages within the constituency. He constructed a mini-stadium in Shani District. He upgraded Biu Emirate to a modern palace, built schools, and renovated health and other facilities.
"He has so far provided scholarships for over 5,000 students, within and outside the country. At home, he built skill acquisition centres in each of the three local government areas. The centres have since graduated thousands of apprentices who have also become employers of labour, thereby generating wealth and adding value to the society."

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The group also assured that the experience, influence and exposure of Betara will be crucial in the 10th NASS, having been a key member since 2007.

It, however, deduced that with his well-crafted agenda, Betara would address the plethora of challenges restraining the House of Representatives.

Pledging their support for the astute accountant, the group further described Betara as a friend to all who used his positions in the past to uplift every single zone of the country.

The statement added:

"Betara was one of the unseen hands to the ascension of Patricia Etteh, Dimeji Bankole, Aminu Tambuwal, Yakubu Dogara, and Femi Gbajabiamila as Speakers.
"His influence, popularity and acceptability are unmatched. No wonder he is called the head boy.
"Betara has overachieved in all his assignments. He was Chairman of the House Appropriation Committee, Chairman House Committee on Defence and Chairman House Committee on Army.
"This is not the time for the politics of zoning. Integrity, capacity and competence should be the consideration. Hence we are throwing our weight behind Betara."

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APC chieftain Obidike Chukwuebuka said the Senate president and Speaker of the 10th National Assembly should come from the Southeast and Northwest.

Chukwuebuka said the two zones should be considered for the principal seats in the interest of national unity.

Nevertheless, the APC chieftain admitted that the seats could also go to other zones apart from the southwest and the northeast where the president-elect and the vice-president-elect come from.

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In other news, lawmakers of the National Assembly have been cautioned against creating new agencies across ministries of the nation.

The call was made to the lawmakers on Monday, March 27, by a coalition of civil society organisations.

The CSOs said that creating new agencies amounts to a duplication of responsibilities of the already existing ones.


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