9th Assembly Speaker: To whom the bell tolls By Awaal Gata

It is widely alleged that Boss Mustapha is going to be retained by President Muhammadu Buhari as the SGF when his administration turns over on Wednesday, May 29, 2019.

Against the backdrop, in the administration, the President is from the North-west. The Vepee is from the South West and the North-east is going to produce the SGF.  According to (APC’s) popular permutation, the Senate President would come from the North-east while the Speaker is going to emerge from the South-west. On this basis, North-east and South-west are going to occupy two key positions each while the North-central would have none.

The South-south and the South-east are correctly out of the equation, since they did not vote APC and the percentage of votes is usually the veritable determinant. But the North-central overwhelmingly voted APC in the polls, therefore living the region with no key position is an injustice that is crass. And the APC needs to look inward and amend the lopsidedness in its power-sharing formula by handling the Speakership position to the region, hence the way of justice and appreciation for its blocked votes and perpetual loyalty.

Now let’s go into whom the cap fits (the most) among Members from the region, in view of the feelers that a number of them would join Umar Bago, who declared weeks ago, in the fray.

Inarguably and certainly, Bago is whom the crown fits. First, from the region, he is the most ranked Member and has an enviable and rarely matchless legislative profile. Secondly, he has paid his dues in APC. Hardly is there any Member of the House of Reprsentatives in the country  who has contributed to the successes of the APC more than him.

In Niger State, a state opposition politic totally does not thrive, in 2011, he devised a creative campaign to defeat the much favoured PDP candidate on the platform of the defunct CPC. In view of the fact that in Niger State and nationally, PDP was the ruling party, many widely believed that he would soon cross-carpet from the CPC, but he surprisingly did not; therefore at the evolution of the APC, he was a key rallying point.

For 2019 elections, to make sure that President Buhari emerged victorious, he donated hundred cars to the campaign. Nobody in the country parted with such a humongous amount of money in support of the President. 

And he is not gunning for Speakership without a cogent vision. He has already articulated strategies of  deepening  “a robust relationship with all arms of government and stakeholders. Secondly, there is going to be concerted effort to tangibly impact our constituents and constituencies. I will equally work towards an independent legislature free from rancour. I will promote an open and transparent legislature with legislative support for the fight against corruption, insecurity and revamping of economy.”

In addition, according to him, “there is going to be concerted effort to tangibly impact our constituents and constituencies. I will equally work towards an independent legislature free from rancour. I will promote an open and transparent legislature with legislative support for the fight against corruption, insecurity and revamping of economy.”

The knots in the country’s electoral laws have been a source of worry to him, just as it with many Nigerians; therefore, he his term as Speaker shall see that: “Our electoral laws will be adequately overhauled to avoid inconclusive elections in future electoral processes. I will also ensure a harmonious working relationship with the National Assembly bureaucracy at all levels.”

Gata, a journalist, writes from Abuja

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