By Jimoh Babatunde & Emman Ovuakporie
ABUJA—House of Representatives members-elect from Benue and Plateau states yesterday threw their weight behind the speakership ambition of John Dyegh,of All Progressives Congress, APC, in Benue state, claiming it was the turn of the north central to produce the speaker for justice and equality.
This came as Chairman House committee on Maritime, Umar Bago,APC, Chanchaga, Niger State, formally joined the race for the speakership of the House of Representatives.
Speaking in Minna, Niger State, weekend, Bago said his emergence as a speaker would answer the legitimate agitation of the people of North Central for equity.
According to him, “As a representative from the North Central and by extension from Niger State it will be very fair for the party to zone the position of speakership to the north central as we remain committed Progressives desirous of political growth of our great party.”
He argued that the zone pulled the third highest votes at the 2019 presidential election for the APC and President Buhari”
The lawmaker who won his re-election to the 9th National Assembly, promised to lead the House for optimal legislative impact in all ramifications, saying “If given the opportunity, the leadership will derive its strength from an unprecedented inclusivity as the guiding principle even with me as “primus inters pares”. I am a committed and loyal party member ready to lead the ninth Assembly House of Representatives having been in the house since 2007. I am eligible and one of the most ranking members from the North-central contesting for the position. I am also currently the Chairman, house committee on maritime.
Meanwhile, Dyegh, who represents Gboko/Tarka federal constituency is the only APC member-elect from Benue; and is set formally declare his intention to contest\ tomorrow.
The members-elect who revealed this at the weekend when they were hosted to a social gathering by Dyegh in his residence in Abuja, argued that since the position of senate president had been taken to the north-east, the north central, which gave the third highest number of votes in the presidential election should be compensated with speaker.
Those who endorsed him included Francis Agbo, PDP, Benue , member-elect for Ado/Ogbadigbo/Okpokwu federal constituency, Richard Gbande, PDP, Benue, representing Katsina Ala/Ukum.Logo federal constituency, Bob Tyough, PDP, Benue, representing Kwande/Ushongo federal constituency, Solomon Maren, from Plateau, Benjamin Mzondu, representing Makurdi/Guma federal constituency of Benue, Dachung Musa Bagos, representing Jos South/Jos East and Kpam Jimin Sokpo, representing Buruku federal constituency of Benue.
According to the lawmakers the ruling party must take into consideration the diverse ethnic, religious and geopolitical colouration of the country and balance it for equity, fairness and justice”
Earlier, Dyegh, re-elected for the third time, told the members-elect that he decided to join the race because he was competent and had the required experience and know-how to lead the House and use the legislature to team up with the executive to take the nation to the next level.