9th Assembly Speakership: Why Northern Govs are showing interest in who emerges

9th Assembly Speakership: Why Northern Govs are showing interest in who emerges

Though an express pronouncement on the zoning arrangement by the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, is still underway, one thing is, however, sure: There will be a contest for speakership and deputy speakership of the House of Representatives. Aspirants for the positions have put a good showing and Sunday Vanguard can authoritatively report that there

Though an express pronouncement on the zoning arrangement by the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, is still underway, one thing is, however, sure: There will be a contest for speakership and deputy speakership of the House of Representatives.

Aspirants for the positions have put a good showing and Sunday Vanguard can authoritatively report that there will be no backing out especially between two major contenders for speaker, zoning or no zoning.
The contest is due on the floor of the House in June when the 9th National Assembly will be proclaimed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The battle is being narrowed down between Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila from Lagos State and Hon. Mohammed Bago from Niger State.
In their own rights, they are very competent with requisite legislative skills to lead the 9th House.
Though APC has promised to zone the offices in the House and the remaining ones in the Senate, investigations by NEWSPAD have revealed that it would be a formality.
At the moment, almost all the six geopolitical zones in the country are jostling for the speakership but only the South-West and the North-Central are in the lead with near chances to getting it.

Essentially, the idea of zoning is to engender balancing and equity in the power sharing stance amongst the zones. It is also used to preclude crisis in the aftermaths of elections but in the light of prevailing circumstances both in APC and the House, the configuration of the 9th Assembly will be largely defined by a string of subliminal horse-trading already ongoing.
This also gives room for extreme caution on the part of the APC which shall be making the zoning apparently on a slippery slope.
Findings by NEWSPAD indicated that the party would be in for a divided membership should the pendulum swing to the wrong side.
While no one in and outside of the party is raising eyebrows in the zoning of the senate presidency to the North-East, all eyes are on the zoning of the speakership.
A prognosis showed that out of the six zones in the country, the North-West has produced the President and the South-West, Vice President. Having ceded the senate presidency to North-Wast already, it is obvious that the other three zones of North-Central, South-East and South South are yet to be factored into the power sharing equation by the APC.

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