A coalition of lawmakers elected for the 10th House of Representatives are working effortlessly to see an aspirant from the All Progressives Congress (APC) emerge as Speaker.
A member of the APC from Gombe State, Usman Kumo and Kingsley Chinda of the Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in a statement released on Thursday said the coalition is “committed to presenting a united front that will help the incoming administration of Bola Tinubu.”
The co-chairperson of the coalition, Chinda is an associate of the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.
This is coming days after Governor Wike vowed that PDP in Rivers would support any candidate presented by the leadership of the APC for the position of speaker.
Wike stated this when the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Idris Wase led a delegation of lawmakers to visit him at the government house in Port Harcourt.
The Rivers State Governor said, “The truth must be told that we are going to support the leadership of your party at the national level.”
Chinda and Kumo said the coalition known as “joint task – 10th assembly” — comprises 283 members-elect from the APC, PDP, Labour Party (LP), New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Social Democratic Party (SDP), All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), African Democratic Congress (ADC) and Young Progressive Party (YPP).
The lawmakers said the focus of the coalition is to promote equity and fairness among members-elect in the emergence of presiding and principal officers.
Chinda and Kumo said 14 APC governors, nine PDP governors, and “several” national working committee (NWC) members of the ruling and opposition political parties have endorsed the coalition.
The statement reads, “Already, 283 members-elect comprising both returning and new members have endorsed the coalition (and we now) await the decision of the ruling APC on the zoning of the various offices.
“The forum is independent of the speakership ambition of any of the various aspirants but with determination to build a strong coalition of members-elect of the 10th house in readiness to support the majority party zoning of the speakership office towards building a rancour-free and people-oriented 10th Assembly and in line with best parliamentary practice.”
The coalition said those who may want to defy the APC and have a “repeat of the 2015 rebellion” should remember the consequences of such action on governance “as the sour relationship between the leadership of the 8th national assembly and the executive left Nigeria and Nigerians at the receiving end”.
“Rebellion will deny the incoming Tinubu administration the opportunity to deliver on its mandate and the high expectations from Nigerians, especially under the current ethnic and religious tension in the country.
“We are glad that the leadership of the ruling party recognises that the opposition political parties in the house are very key in the formation of the next leader of the house, hence this coalition shall continue to consult with all the opposition parties.
“We desire to see a Nigeria where all of us, the political actors, come together to put the country first, subduing our interest, to have a better country that we, our children, and our children’s children will be proud of.”