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Gbajabiamila meets aspiring speakers

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has met with members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who are aspiring to be the Speaker in the 10th National Assembly.

They are Idris Wase, Makki Yalleman, Yusuf Gagdi, Benjamin Kalu, Muktar Betara, Sada Soli, Tunji Olawuyi, Abbas Tajudeen and Aminu Sani Jaji.

The Speaker encouraged all of the aspirants to be peaceful.

This came days after members-elect from the opposition parties met and formed an alliance ahead of the inauguration of the next Assembly, with the aim of determining the leadership of the parliament.

As the APC moves to zone the House leadership, the opposition lawmakers insisted that they have the numbers to override the APC.

Gbajabiamila promised that as a party man, he will support whatever region the party decides to zone the position to.

The Speaker however, denied reports that he’s rooting for one of the aspirants, Tajudeen Abbas to emerge as Speaker.

Already, alliances are being formed across the parties to smoothen the endorsement within the various parties in favour of the legislator.

Reporting by Ibrahim Shehu ; Editing by Julian Osamoto