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Speakership: Abubakar Accuses APC Of Foul Play

Posted: Jun 8, 2015 at 3:03 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

A member-elect of the House of Representatives, Yunusa Abubakar, believes the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) should have convinced the entire party of their candidate’s competence for the position of Speaker rather than impose him on them.

Abubakar spoke on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, on Monday, June 8, 2015, on the controversial primaries held by the APC to elect its sole candidate for the position of House of Representatives Speaker, through which Femi Gbajabiamila emerged.

Abubakar accused the APC leadership of stage-managing the process to edge out his candidate,Yakubu Dogara, for reasons he could not explain.

“The party had its way, but the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria says that the National Assembly has its own rudiments and constitutional ways of electing their leader.

“Leaders of the National Assembly are not elected outside the two chambers of the National Assembly,” he said.

Abubakar alleged that undue advantage was given to Gbajabiamila due to his supporters’ prior knowledge that the meeting was planned to be an election.

He believes this enabled his supporters mobilise themselves in large numbers to ensure his emergence.

Dogara’s supporters were said to have staged a walk-out from the election.

Abubakar explained that they were left with no option after they appealed to the party leaders to postpone the election to allow fair representation of both candidates and they refused.

He condemned a situation whereby the party has decided to meddle in the affairs of the parliament when both the party and President Muhammadu Buhari had promised independence of the House.

At the Saturday election, a total of 154 APC lawmakers voted for Femi Gbajabiamila, meaning that he would need just about 27 more votes on the floor of the House to emerge as the elected Speaker.

“I can confidently tell you that there is an appreciable number of those people who did the so-called voting on Saturday that have at present signed our register as members of the Dogara camp.

“We are now convinced that their number has been depleted within the APC camp,” Abubakar said.

There had been reports that a lot of meetings have been going on since Sunday evening, ahead of the main election on the floor of the House, which is slated for Tuesday, May 9.

Abubakar expressed the hope that his candidate, Yakubu Dogara, would be nominated on the floor of the House and would emerge victorious with Hon. Lasun from Osun State as their preferred candidate as Deputy Speaker.

Asked if the Dogara camp would accept the position of Deputy Speaker if the APC leadership offers this as part of resolution, he said, “That is dialogue, let them put it on the table, let them convince us. If they convince us then we are okay.”

He however described the current APC style as “business as usual” which they would always frown at.