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Tuesday, 9 June 2015

PDP Members Will Decides Who Becomes the Next Speaker Of the House Of Representative Today; Gbajabiamila Or Dogara

Dogara and Gbajabiamila
AS the 8th National Assembly, NASS,  is being inaugurated today,  it is instructive to note that the speakership race has been   characterised by  intrigues and  horse trading   which nearly divided  the All Progressives Congress, APC. 

The polarisation climaxed as a result of the mock poll conducted by the party for both incoming members of the House of Representatives and senators.
The aim was primarily to produce consensus candidates for the position of Senate President and Speaker of the House respectively.
Briefing newsmen in Abuja before the poll was conducted, the National Publicity Secretary of the Party, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said, “ the aim of the election is to present sole candidates for the position of senate president and speaker of the House of Representatives.
“The party is trying to avoid a situation in which its law makers will be divided next Tuesday when the National Assembly election will take place. The party does not want the lawmakers to undermine its supremacy. What we want do is to avoid crisis. We know there will be hiccups, but we will get through them.”
After the straw poll was conducted, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, the outgoing minority leader of the House, emerged as the   APC consensus candidate while another contestant, Yakubu Dogara and his supporters walked out of the meeting.
Gbajabiamila polled 154 votes while   Dogara scored three votes even though his faction  had denied participating in the poll.
Instructively, the minority leader’s total number of votes are below the required 181  needed to emerge as the speaker.
He needs 27 votes more to get a simple majority to emerge as speaker.
However, the chances of Gbajabiamila emerging as speaker may be determined by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, lawmakers, whose votes could go either way.
The PDP has 146  votes which can be used to determine who emerges as the speaker.
On the other hand, Dogara  may not be as popular as the minority leader, but he is believed to have garnered support from his colleagues.
He is also hoping to benefit from the assumed bulk votes of the PDP members.
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