The discord within the All Progressives Congress on the choice of leaders of the Ninth Assembly is yet to abate despite the intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari. The latest fly in the ointment is the North-Central Caucus of the House of Representatives which today rejected the endorsement of the Majority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila as Speaker of the incoming ninth National Assembly.
Gbajabiamila was Tuesday endorsed by the APC at a meeting hosted by President Muhammadu Buhari but a member of the caucus, John Dyegh (Benue) said the North Central caucus was not satisfied with the decision.
The caucus has asked the leadership of the All Progressives Congress to reconsider the decision and zone the seat to the North Central Dyegh told journalists. He also said that the loyalty of the North-Central caucus to the party is unshaken and also declared his intention to vie for the position of the ninth Speaker of the House.
“We are not fighting the party, we are not. We shall not, we are only giving the party an opportunity to come back and look at the zoning and look at what we are saying.
“Taking what the party says hook, line and sinker is not democratic, we are in a democracy. We have the right to vie for a position, there is freedom of expression.
“We believe in party supremacy. Yes, the party is supreme. I say it, I believe it, I go by what the party says but this is democracy and I believe we should give the green chamber an option.”
According to him, in addition to being the third largest contributor to the 2019 election success of the party, fairness and equity demands that the North-Central be considered for the position since the region has never produced the speaker or deputy speaker since the return to democracy in 1999.
“My party in its wisdom zoned the position of speaker to the South-West.
“I am a party man and my loyalty to the APC is 100 percent, however, the North-Central zone has not been convinced nor given reasons why their votes should not count and why we should not run and we feel very strongly that there is still room for negotiation because we believe ‘it is not over until it is over’.