The struggle for the top post in the lower Chamber of the National Assembly is still raging just as the in-house election is around the corner.
Different aspirants have declared interest to contest for the seat of the Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives despite the fact that the ruling party endorsed Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila for the post.
In a new development, a former Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, Mr Amaechi Nwoha, expressed his optimism that President Muhammadu Buhari will give his backing to a Nigerian of Igbo extraction to become the next Speaker of the House of Representatives, The Guardian reports.
“The president is a detribalized leader, who sees every part of the country as one people,” Nwoha told a correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Abuja. He described Buhari as father of modern Nigeria, who could not leave any section of the country behind in his administration of the nation, noting that the country’s unity and progress were top priorities for the president.
Nwoha said Buhari is a nationalist and man of integrity, whose love for Nigeria has been a compelling reason for his decision to run an inclusive government.
The former lawmaker restated the need to support a south easterner as speaker of the House of Representatives, saying that this would be in tune with Buhari’s vision for a united Nigeria. He also urged leaders of the APC to support a south easterner for the position, noting that such action would make the party more popular in the South East.
According to him, it is time for Nigerians to show the South East a sense of belonging by supporting a credible lawmaker from the area for the House of Representatives top job.
NAN recalls that Buhari in his 2019 election victory speech, promised that his new administration would strengthen Nigeria’s unity and inclusiveness so that no section or group would feel left out.
It was earlier reported that President Buhari had thrown his weight behind the choice of the APC on the candidates it endorsed for various positions in the coming National Assembly election including the candidate for the post of the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Will Buhari now toe the line of action suggested by Nwoha?
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