MUSA BABA AHMED, Abuja
The ambition of Hon Yakubu Dogara, an aspirant in the race for the position of Speaker in the incoming 8th House of Representatives yesterday received a boost following the decision of Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin, another contender from Kano to step down for him.
Hon. Jibrin announced his support for Dogara’s candidature in a press conference organised under the auspices of a group known as the “Consolidation Group”.
He said: “Having observed the events of past weeks and the need to defuse the tensed atmosphere particularly as it concerns the 8th House of Reps bid to select its leadership, I have after wide consultation with my teeming supporters and backers decided to step down from the race and declare support for the Hon. Yakubu Dogara candidature”.
“The reasons for this position are that Hon. Dogara as a cognate member played a very important role in stabilising the House following the defection of the 37 lawmakers from the PDP.
“He is also a member who has the conviction of his faith, good family value, unity and stability of the House and the ideals of the Party”, he said.
Also stating the position of the group, he said: “the above named group of the 8th Assembly wishes to draw the attention of our great party, the All Progressive Congress (A.P.C.) and Nigerians to certain unethical and un-democratic moves by some desperate party leaders who are bent on subverting the laid down procedure on the emergence of the Speaker of the 8th Assembly in accordance to the House Standing Orders and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.
“We must commend Mr President, Mohammadu Buhari, our Leader and Father of the Nation for his statesmanship and principled stand that the business of the National Assembly Leadership should be the soul responsibility of Senators and Members who are at liberty to regulate and throw up their leaders according to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which he swore to protect.
“It is however disturbing that certain individuals are poised on disregarding the Presidential declaration and forging ahead to manipulate our party to conduct an unconstitutional shadow election for Speakership which is alien to the Constitution and all conventional parliamentary practices. The idea is to force a preferred candidate on the party hierarchy and members via intimidation and financial inducements by a certain party leader.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the APC is a party built on the principle of change. We cannot allow our young party to be short changed by selfish power mongers who would stop at nothing to throw the collective sweat of Nigerians invested in the APC to ruins and waste. Nigerians deserve a better deal.
“Any leadership that is orchestrated outside the hallow chambers is not only an aberration but an insult to our cherished parliamentary tradition and we will be seen as a laughing stock before the developed democracies which we’re copying.
“Finally, we want to reiterate that the 8th Assembly Consolidation Group would resist any attempt to abuse our collective psyche by conducting our affairs outside the hallowed chambers. We would continue to be committed to the ideals of our party, the APC and the administration of President Mohammadu Buhari”, he said.