After a heated closed-doors meeting between the leadership of the All Progressives Congress and its House of Representatives members-elect on Saturday in Abuja, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila from Lagos State has emerged as the consensus candidate of the party for the position of Speaker.
There was a primary election by the APC House members-elect in attendance at the meeting during which Gbajabiamila defeated his main rival, Hon. Yakubu Dogara from Bauchi State.
APC House members-elect backing Dogara staged a walk out from the meeting, claiming they were not given enough notice about the primaries.
One of the APC House members-elect backing Dogara, Hon. Jubril, said they were not given any notice for the primaries. He said the position of the lawmakers is that nothing had happened and that the House would elect its principal officers on Tuesday.
But APC National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said none of the lawmakers was given any notice for the primaries and that arrangements were being made to resolve the disagreements.
Gbjabiamila, at present the Minority Leader of the House, is said to be the most qualified for the job and his aspiration is being backed by the APC leadership.
But Dogara, who is presently the Chairman of the House’ Services Committee, has refused to give in.
Some other contestants have stepped down for either of the two candidates.
The two houses of the National Assembly is due to be inaugurated on Tuesday after the present National Assembly would have been formally dissolved.
President Muhammadu Buhari had written the Clerk of the National Assembly to issue a proclamation dissolving the present National Assembly and inaugurating a new one on Tuesday.