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Reps Speakership: Tension as Dogara’s support base swings

The president, in fulfilment of the constitutional requirement provided in section 64(3) of the 1999 constitution as amended which provides that, “Subject to the provisions of this Constitution, the person elected as the President shall have power to issue a proclamation for the holding of the first session of the National Assembly immediately after his being sworn in, or for its dissolution as provided in this section,” has issued a proclamation consisting of the Senate and the House of Representatives to be inaugrated on the 11th of June 2019.

It is also in compliance with the nuances of the parliament that the presiding officers of the Legislative arm of government be elected on the day of the inauguration to guide against power vacuum in the echelon of the National Assembly and to pave way for an orderly and smooth running of the affairs of the parliament.

It is, however, on this premise that the tussle for the speakership of the House of Representatives has intensified with every candidate seizing the slightest opportunity to score some political points and take a step ahead of his opponent.

With Honourable Idris Wase, stepping aside and accepting a political truce which would see him run a joint ticket with Hon Bar. Femi Gbajabiamila, the race have been narrowed down to between his superior representing Surulere 1 Federal Constituency, Lagos and Hon Umar Bago Mohammed representing Chanchaga Federal Constituency of Niger state with Hon John Dyegh representing Gboko/Tarka Federal Constituency of Benue state acting as wildcard.

As June 11, the date for the inauguration of the 11th National Assembly approaches, the aspirants are said to be in the last minute jostle for the support base of the outgoing speaker of the lower chambers, Rt Hon Yakubu Dogara who still enjoys the support of many returning members both in the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The source who spoke to TheNigerian News correspondent on telephone revealed that Mr Dogara, re-elected under the platform of the PDP would be the greatest deciding factor as to who emerges the speaker and that many APC members would comfortably follow his lead even if it goes against the wishes of their party.

The house member who craved anonymity revealed that the exceptional and firm leadership leadership Rt Hon. Dogara demonstrated in the last four years endeared him to countless members who still repose enormous trust in his judgement as to who will better serve the interest of the house and that of Nigerians as speaker of the green chambers.

While the tussle is on, TheNigerian News gathered that Dogara has finally made a not too conspicuous move towards the candidature of Hon Bago ditching the APC annointed candidate.

The support is understood to have stemmed from the belief of the outgoing speaker that Hon Bago will best run a united house without recourse to party affiliations given his good rapport with members across party lines in the 8th Reps.

The speaker is also said to have taken that step to also ensure the continuity of his programs and to save the 9th Senate from becoming a stooge of some powerful kingmakers in the APC.

Hon Bago, according to our source will become speaker without the support of his party, the APC and therefore will be fearless, ruthless and professional in the discharge of the constitutional powers inherent in that office.

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