‘North Has Already Produced The President’ — 164 APC Lawmakers-Elect Back Gbajabiamila For Speaker

About one 164 newly-elected lawmakers of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Home of Representatives have expressed assist for the speakership ambition of Femi Gbajabiamila, who’s the celebration management’s selection for the place.

In response to the members, it will be diffficult to go in opposition to the celebration and President Muhammadu Buhari.

The members mentioned it will be lopsided for the North to supply the President, the Senate President and in addition demand the Speaker of the decrease chamber.

The lawmakers-elect, who  fashioned a gaggle often known as the ‘Discussion board of newly elected APC members of the Home of Representatives’, mentioned the South should produce the Speaker for the sake of equity.

In a press release collectively launched to newsmen by Hon. Tunji Olabunmi Ojo and Hon. Dunkwu Nnamdi Chamberlain,  the Chairman and Director-Basic of the Discussion board, respectively, the discussion board mentioned: “APC zoned President to the North, the Vice President to the South, Senate President to the North and now the Speaker to the South. It might be tough to go in opposition to the needs of the celebration and President, Muhammadu Buhari.”

It added that  these from the North-Central agitating for the speakership have been insincere, because the North can’t produce the Senate President and Speaker, Home of Representatives on the identical time.

“Each member of the celebration is a product of the celebration; the celebration gave everyone the platform to contest and aside from giving the platform, the celebration additionally gave help to members earlier than, throughout and after elections,” the group mentioned.

“So, it’s anticipated that as a loyal celebration members, we’re speculated to toe the road of the celebration and now that the celebration and Mr. President have spoken that Femi ought to be supported for the Speaker of the Home of Representatives, we anticipate each celebration trustworthy to toe that line and assist Gbajabiamila to emerge as Speaker of the Home of Representatives.

“We consider he has the expertise; extra expertise than different folks which can be contesting the place. It isn’t simply sufficient so that you can deliver out posters. Femi could be very certified, eminently certified greater than every other particular person. Let’s simply neglect about geopolitical zone; we’re speaking about competence; we’re speaking about Nigeria; we’re speaking in regards to the curiosity of the downtrodden.

“Femi would be capable to articulate insurance policies that may profit the generality of the Nigerian plenty to go with the subsequent stage agenda of Mr. President. Proper from the time, it has all the time been North/South. The Presidency is zoned to the North, whereas the Vice President is to the South.

“Now, Senate President has been zoned to the North and speakership to the South and in terms of the South we determine the place it ought to go. Politics on this nation is performed alongside the road of North and South. North Central is North, North West is North and North East is North.

“So, the speakership has been zoned to South. After we zoned the Presidency to the North, North West produced the President. So, for these speaking about zoning, zoning on this nation is finished North/South.”

On the affect of the discussion board to put in the Majority Chief as the subsequent Speaker, it  mentioned: “Effectively, the Discussion board of the newly elected APC members has 164 representatives; then we’ve got members of different political events who’re additionally affiliated to this Discussion board of recent members no matter their political events.

“A few of them have been initially APC however as a result of they may not get ticket in the course of the primaries to contest, they moved to different events.

“So, we’ve got the identical ideology, they’re simply there as a result of they went to search for a platform to contest. They’re all with us on this wrestle to guarantee that Femi emerges because the Speaker of Home of Representatives.”

The group claimed the election of Gbajabiamila would forestall what occurred within the eighth Meeting, the place the insurance policies of the federal government and that of the celebration have been annoyed.

“We wish to be sure that what occurred within the eighth Meeting wouldn’t repeat itself, the place celebration loyalty was thrown to the dustbin. Individuals went there to struggle for his or her particular person pockets,” it mentioned.

“We’re on this ninth Meeting to struggle for the curiosity of Nigerians. Nigerians are struggling. How can Mr. President current a funds and for 7 months the funds was nonetheless being saved on maintain — irritating the nice insurance policies of Mr. President, irritating the nice insurance policies if the celebration?”

Whereas the backing of the Discussion board will probably be good for Gbajabiamila, the group nonetheless doesn’t maintain the ability to wholly guarantee he will get the place, as its quantity, 164, is nicely in need of half the required votes in a chamber comprising 360 members.


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