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NASS Crisis: Reps Speaker, Dogara, Adopts Doguwa As House Leader

Posted: Jul 22, 2015 at 11:58 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

In defiance of the nominees selected by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to occupy the principal offices in the House of Representatives, the Consolidation Group, a group in support of Speaker Yakubu Dogara, has presented its nominees for the posts.

The group presented Hon. Alhassan Ado Doguwa  (Kano APC) from the North-West as the House Leader and Hon. Pally Iriase (Edo APC) from the South-South as the Chief Whip.

Doguwa and Iriase are members of the Loyalists Group headed by Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila who was penciled down by APC for the post of House Leader.

The Consolidation Group also presented Hon. Buba Jibrin  (Kogi APC) from the North-Central zone as Deputy House Leader and Hon. Chika Okafor (Imo APC) from the South-East as the Deputy Chief Whip.

In a statement issued by the group’s spokesman, Hon. Jibrin Abdulmumim, the group called on its supporters to intensify lobbying at the zonal caucuses for the emergence of its nominees.

“For the benefit of enlightenment, it is important to state that in terms of the leadership status of these vacant positions, the House Leader is the most senior, followed by the Chief Whip.

“In the spirit of reconciliation and unity, Speaker Dogara has graciously conceded the positions of House Leader and Chief Whip to the Femi Gbajabiamila group.

“Kindly note that Hon. Alhassan Doguwa is the head of the Gbajabiamila group while Hon. Pally Iriase was in the Speakership race but stepped down for Gbajabiamila and assumed a very prominent role in the same group,” the statement said.

The Consolidation Group urged APC to disregard the July 20 letter of the Loyalists Group, alleging that it was written by Gbajabiamila and Hon. James Faleke without due consultation with the APC caucus in the House, many of whom are in full support of Dogara’s peace efforts.

“If not for the frequent intervention of the past Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal, Gbajabiamila would have been removed as Minority Leader by the South-West caucus in the Seventh Assembly.

“We know him, but it appears Mr. President (Muhammadu Buhari) and the party do not. Time shall tell,” the Dogara group alleged.

In another development, the South-East APC caucus in the House has protested the marginalisation of the zone in the distribution of the positions of principal officers in the lower chamber, as proposed by Gbajabiamila and his supporters.

The caucus, in a letter to the Chairman of the APC, Chief John Oyegun, Buhari, Tambuwal and Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha, dated July 21, 2015, stated that it would only withdraw its suit on the matter before the court if the distribution is resolved in accordance with the proposal made by Dogara on principal offices.

Recall that Dogara had in a letter dated July 16, 2015, intimated the party leadership on the reasons he was rejecting the party’s insistence on the appointment of Femi Gbajabiamila as the Majority Leader.

That was after the failed peace moves by former Speaker of the House, Aminu Tambuwal, who was mandated by the APC Governors Forum to proffer solution to the crisis.

Doghara explained that the appointment of principal officers of the House has always been the prerogative of the zonal caucuses in the House and was meant to reflect federal character.

He contended that if the position of the APC leadership is taken, the South East and North Central zones would be left out of the sharing of principal offices of the House.

Source: TheSheet