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Speakership : Coast Clear For Gbajabiamila As Aspirant Steps Down

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“We also know in Nigeria today that we zone positions so that every part of the country will be adequately represented and I think it is in that wisdom that the party zoned the positions for the different parts to be represented. And I have decided with my group to toe the party’s line and therefore today, I am officially declaring that I have stepped down my ambition for the interest of the country.’’

The coast is now clear for the member representing Surulere 1 Constituency from Lagos, Femi Gbajabiamila, as an aspirant to the speakership of the House of Representatives in the 9th Assembly, Hon. Yusuf Buba Yakub, has dropped his ambition, saying he would toe the All Progressives Congress, APC’s direction.

Femi Gbajabiamila
Femi Gbajabiamila

Yakub, who represents Gombi/Hong federal constituency of Adamawa State said he stepped down because the APC has zoned the Senate presidency to his

He said: “I declared to vie for the post of speaker for the 9th Assembly but at a point the party made a statement and as a loyal party man, and also a member of the National Executive Committee e of APC, I cannot go against the wishes of my party.

And you all know that the party zoned the position of the Senate President to the Northeast where I come from. It will be very unreasonable for me to continue to vie for the post of speaker while the senate President has been zoned to my area. It will look like I am going against the tide.

So, I made wide consultations and in the spirit of being a loyal party man, I have decided to stop vying for the position of Speaker to toe the party’s line and do what APC wants for the good of the country.

“We also know in Nigeria today that we zone positions so that every part of the country will be adequately represented and I think it is in that wisdom that the party zoned the positions for the different parts to be represented. And I have decided with my group to toe the party’s line and therefore today, I am officially declaring that I have stepped down my ambition for the interest of the country.’’

Yakubu said that it would be undemocratic for anyone to force him to do so. “We are in the democratic era and in democracy, the word “threat” or “force doesn’t exist because if you look at history, I have been a party man. So, if a party makes a statement, it is not forcing any of its members. The party doesn’t have the power to force any of its members, suppress, or to intimidate any of its members to do anything against his wish. That will be undemocratic,” he said.

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