by WOLE OLADIMEJI
The Femi Gbajabiamila Speakership Campaign Secretariat yesterday declared that more than 179 new members of the House of Representatives have endorsed his speakership race.
While the 8th Assembly Consolidation Group of Yakubu Dogara also claimed that over 213 members endorsed Dogara as Speaker.
Gbajabiamila campaign group in a release signed yesterday by Honourable James Fakeye stated that the entire northern Caucus endorsed Femi Gbajabiamila and that their endorsement was based on merit.
The group maintained that the endorsement was hinged on the fact that the victory of APC, apart from the good programmes of the party, was based principally on the alliance of North/ South West.
“Since the South-West supported current Speaker, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal to the end, they believe South-West deserves support of the North to produce the next Speaker in the person of Gbajabiamila,” the group stated.
“Taking a look at Gbajabiamila’s candidacy, thee group said his candidacy is based on meritocracy as his competency and integrity is not in doubt. In the last 8 years out of his 12 years experience in the House, he has led the opposition fearlessly and resisted all anti-democratic moves even at the risk of his life,” they noted.
His contributions made the voice of the opposition irresistible in the hitherto PDP dominated House. As a bridge builder, Gbajabiamila was the first and only legislator to move a motion for the invocation of the doctrine of necessity, which led to the swearing in of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan as Acting President in 2010.
The chairman of the group noted that despite the endorsements the campaign organisation already had in its custody, the organisation is persuading all other members of the 8th assembly across party lines to support Gbajabiamila as the next Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Also in a release signed by Hon. Babangida Ibrahim Mahuta, the Dogara support group stated that the group is glad to announce that no fewer than 213 members have endorsed the candidature of Yakubu Dogara as Speaker of the House of Representatives. All the 213 members have signed up to work for the emergence of Dogara as Speaker of the 8th House of Representatives.
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