Yakubu Dogara strategizing for APC to retain his seat

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Forward of the June 6 inauguration of the ninth Nationwide Meeting (NASS), the race for the Speaker of the Home of Representatives is getting fascinating as incumbent Speaker, Yakubu Dogara is strategising to money in on the self-inflicted discord ravaging the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), to retain his seat.

Dependable sources informed The Guardian that the Speaker, who could also be in possession of a trump card, is quietly reaching out to the 123 Peoples Democratic {Party} (PDP) members-elect and a piece of APC members, who’re occupying key committee positions in a bid to curry their assist. Dogara, who has maintained studied silence on his ambition, had by his aide on media and public affairs, Malam Hassan Adamu Turaki, mentioned he received’t be dragged into talks on the speakership, however would moderately occupy himself with the duty of serving out his tenure efficiently.

Nonetheless, strikes by members-elect from the North Central and South East geo-political zones to take a shot on the speakership could sound the dying knell for the ruling {party}’s zoning of the seat to the South West geo-political zone.With unfolding developments, there’s the chance that contest may get unmanageable when the ninth NASS is inaugurated in lower than 60 days, as a result of lawmakers from each zones insist that APC’s choice smacks of insensitivity to the necessity to adhere to the rules of federal character aimed toward guaranteeing equitable distribution of positions of energy within the nation.

The North Central Caucus Stakeholders led by Mr. John Dyegh (APC, Benue) faulted the APC’s stance, questioning why the speakership must be zoned to the South West even when the quantity two citizen, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, comes from there.They anchored their place on the provisions of Part 14(3) of the 1999 Structure as amended, which says: “The composition of the Authorities of the Federation or any of its businesses shall be carried out in a fashion as to mirror the Federal Character of Nigeria, thereby guaranteeing that there shall be no predominance of individuals from just a few ethnic or sectional teams in that authorities or any of its businesses, to be able to command loyalty and peaceable coexistence.”

Lawmakers which have up to now delared curiosity in Dogara’s job embrace; Ahmed Idris Wase (APC, Plateau), Muhammed Umar Bago (APC, Niger), and Nkeiruka Onyejeocha (APC, Abia). They mentioned they’re higher positioned to take the seat than Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, who’s the popular selection of APC. Wase’s candidacy is already gaining grounds amongst lawmakers from the zone, who argue that he stands out in view of his years of expertise, dedication to the {party}, sense of organisation and management qualities.

Furthermore, Wase identified with the sobriquet “Maje,” stays one of many sturdy pillars of the APC in Plateau State, together with his constituency constantly voting for President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC in all elections.Past his native Plateau State, different lawmakers say report of service in his three phrases (from 2007 to this point) speaks loud for him.

As a member of various standing committees within the sixth, seventh and the present eighth Home, reminiscent of Emergency & Disasters, Surroundings, Capital Market, in addition to the Federal Character, which he chaired twice, Wase’s contributions accelerated the passage of quite a few government payments such because the Firms & Allied Issues Act (Modification) Invoice 2018, and the Deep Offshore and Inland Basins Manufacturing Sharing Contract (Modification) Invoice 2018.

These contributions appear to endear him to his colleagues, leading to his elevation to the place of Deputy Chief of the Home after the demise of Umar Buba Jibril, early final yr.Bago, a second termer at a cocktail he hosted for brand spanking new and returning Home members in Abuja famous: “I received’t be on this race within the first place if this place was zoned to the South East as a result of I’ll see fairness in it, however for it to be zoned to South West there isn’t any fairness in any respect.

Feelers, nevertheless, reveal that APC could fall again on Wase to make sure that Dogara doesn’t spring a shock by cashing on the decided efforts by lawmakers from North Central. A former Home member, Mr. Lumumba Dah-Adeh, who’s extra predisposed to Wase’s emergence, defined that the present configuration of the nation’s political construction favours the North Central to provide the speaker.

Adeh, who represented Jos North/Bassa Federal Constituency from 1999 to 2003, mentioned Wase possesses the standard of a high-class lawmaker with the capability to successfully preside over the Home.However, Gbajabiamila, who stays the candidate to beat is being endorsed by most members of the North West and North East geo-political zones who occupy over one third of seats within the 360-member decrease legislative chamber.

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