Lawmakers elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are refusing to just accept the party’s endorsements for leadership of the 9th Assembly. A new candidate for the position of Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. John Dyegh (Benue state) has thrown his hat in the ring.
Backstory: Just this week, the APC announced Lagos state’s Femi Gbajabiamila as its official choice for the speakership, following a dinner between President Muhammadu Buhari and members-elect of the house.
Dyegh Throws his Hat into the Ring: Announcing his intention to run, Dyegh who comes from the North-Central zone argued that since the beginning of democracy in 1999, the zone hasn’t produced a Speaker or Deputy Speaker.
- “I am a party man and my loyalty to the APC is 100%. However, the North-Central zone has not been convinced or given reasons why their votes should not count, and why we should not run. We feel very strongly that there is still room for negotiation because we believe it is not over until it is over.”
He revealed that while he had addressed a press conference on March 9, 2019 urging the party to zone the position to the North Central, it went ahead in its “wisdom”, to zone it to the South-West.
Not giving up on his quest, Dyegh appealed to the party to rethink its decision and re-zone the Speakership to the North Central for “justice and fair play”.
Bottom Line: The chances of APC going back on its decision are very slim. The party already made it clear that it had no time for party members who weren’t willing to follow its decisions, which it described as indiscipline.