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10th NASS: Jigawa Rep, Abubakar Yalleman Joins Race For Speakership 




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The race on who occupies which leadership position in the 10th National Assembly is getting tougher as more lawmakers keep declaring intentions.

Naija News gathered that another recent declaration is from a member of the House of Representatives, representing Mallammadori/Kaugama Federal Constituency in Jigawa State, Abubakar Yalleman.

The lawmaker declared his intention to join the race for Speaker in the 10th National Assembly on Wednesday in Abuja.

Yalleman, who is the Deputy Chairman of the House Committee on Defence argued that even though zoning of political offices was not clearly stated in the 1999 Constitution, it is in line with the principle of federal character.

While declaring his intention, he told pressmen that “I want to tell you that I will contest for the position of the Speaker of the 10th National Assembly, if the leadership of our party, the All Progressives Congress, zones it to the North-West geopolitical zone where I hail from.”

He explained that the National Assembly leadership zoning formula of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), which has maintained its majority status in the Senate and the House, will determine which positions the lawmakers would contest for.

Yalleman, was however optimistic that the position would be zoned to either the North-Central or the North-West, noting that if the APC zoned the position of Speaker to the North,  it will further enhance fairness and balance of political offices in the country.

Making a case for the North-West, the Jigawa lawmaker submitted that the zone has the highest number of registered voters, according to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and contributed significantly to the victory of the President-elect, Bola Tinubu at the February 25 presidential election.

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Yalleman maintained that in the North-West, Jigawa has not produced the Speaker, and so he appealed to the party to look into it.