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Dogara moves to bring peace to House of Reps; to zone House Leader post to Gbajabiamila camp
Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara: His group wants peace but...

Dogara moves to bring peace to House of Reps; to zone House Leader post to Gbajabiamila camp

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara has moved to end the crisis rocking his lower chambers with the decision to concede the position of House Leader to the group loyal to Femi Gbajabiamila.

It must be remembered that the House has been enmeshed in crisis since Dogara was elected ahead of the All Progressives Congress’ choice candidate, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila.

Apparently ready to live with his emergence as Speaker, the party had sent Dogara a proposal to make Gbajabiamila the House Majority Leader, a proposal he blatantly opposed.

Dogara’s new decision comes on the heels of a meeting between him, some members of the House, the immediate past Speaker and current governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal in Abuja.

APC governors had, after their meeting last week, formed a committee led by Mr. Tambuwal to mediate and find a solution to the crisis in the House.

According to Premium Times, a house member had revealed that lawmakers had insisted that on the of principal officers of the House ,“equity and fair play should be the dominant consideration”.

“There was a consensus that in order to achieve peace and accommodation in the House, that the position of the House Leader be conceded to the Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila Group to nominate a candidate,” he said.

He added however, that “considering the constitutional requirement of equitable representation and federal character, such candidate should be from any zone other than the North East and South West Zones that had already produced the Speaker and Deputy Speaker respectively”.

The source further explained that the members informed Mr. Tambuwal that there were already pending suits from members and groups from the South East and North Central Zones on the matter and that only a fair resolution that carries every zone along would be acceptable.

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