Northern Youths To G-7 Members -Elect: Support Abbas, Kalu For 10th NASS Speaker, Deputy
By Akwashiki Abiola
The Northern Youth Forum for Good Governance (NYFGG) on Thursday throw their wight behind the candidacy of Hon. Tajudeen Abbas and Benjamin Kalu as speaker and deputy for the 10th House of Representatives.
The group also appeal to the aggrieved group of 7 aspirants (G7) for the speakership and the deputy speakership position of the incoming House of Representatives to sheathe their sword and support the duo of for the offices.
Calling at a press conference in Abuja on Thursday, they also urged all the members-elect to support and vote Abbas and Kalu to lead the House of Representatives.
They further explained that like every other Nigerian, their have the right to express their feelings on the zoning formula of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) that preferred Abass and Kalu over others, (NYFGG) reminded the G7 that it was only a united House that could stand together.
“As stakeholders in the Nigerian project for democracy and good governance, we are constrained to lend our voice to the debate on the Speakership of the Federal House of Representatives.
“We are aware of the discontent that has greeted the nomination of Hon Tajudeen Abbass by the APC as the candidate for the Speaker of the House of Representatives, as well as the strong opposition put forward by the eminent G7 group in the House of Representatives.
“While it is within their rights to express displeasure over the choice of Hon Tajudeen Abass, they must understand that it’s only a united House that can stand; hence the need for all parties should support the candidature of Hon Tajudeen Abbas.
“As stakeholders of the party, it is incumbent that the G7 members act on the decision of the party in a bid to ensure that members of the opposition party do not undermine the APC.
“The Northern Forum for Good Governance is also using this medium to reach out to members elect to support Hon Tajudeen Abass in his ambition. Undoubtedly, he is one of the most experienced hands in the House of Representatives.
“His contributions on the floor have been noteworthy, and his leadership of various committees under his purview has also been top-notch. Hon. Tajudeen Abbas is a bridge-builder who understands the strategic importance of the House of Representatives in the country’s socioeconomic development.
“Given that Hon Tajudeen Abass has the endorsement of the President-Elect, we wish to use this medium to appeal to the G7 and other members-elect to see the reason behind the choice of Hon Tajudeen Abass.
“The APC must stay united at the risk of allowing some dramatic outcomes during the elections of principal officers in the House of Representatives. The decision to endorse Hon Tajudeen Abbass is in the party’s best interest and not the fact that he is the most suitable candidate for the Speaker of the House of Representatives position.
“Hon. Tajudeen Abbas is a loyal party man whose penchant for teamwork is tremendous. He has been known for carrying everyone along, and we believe this much he will do if supported to emerge as Speaker of the House of Representatives.
“We also wish to use this medium to encourage Hon Tajudeen Abass to reach out to the G7 and other members-elect to pacify them to work in the party’s interest. They must admit that the task ahead of the incoming administration requires all hands to be on deck.” The statement said.