Oppostion Reps-Elect Deny Choosing Consensus Candidate For House Speaker

Members-elect of the House of Representatives from the opposition political parties have announced that they are yet to endorse any candidate for the speakership position.

The minority caucuses, dubbed Greater Majority, explained that they are still consulting and will come up with a decision before the election of the speaker and deputy scheduled for June 13.

Speaking at a meeting at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel on Monday in Abuja, Fred Agbedi, convener of the group, said as part of the consultation, they met with the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) Peter Obi and his New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) rival Rabiu Kwankwaso.

Last week, Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila met with the opposition members-elect amid horse-trading by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to woo the caucuses ahead of the inauguration of the 10th assembly.

Agbedi, a ranking member, said the opposition reps-elect needs to be guided by interacting with their “leaders in our constituencies”.

“We need to interact with our party stakeholders and all that in arriving at a decision that will be well for us. Your conveners and other leaders have not either on your behalf or for you adopted anybody for the office of presiding officers. That will only take place when that agreement is reached by all of us. That decision will be our collective decision,” he said.

The caucuses also inaugurated coordinators to lead the rep-elects in their states in consultation.

“So, I want to assure you that we will lead ourselves to arrive at a collective decision and in doing that, we have also resolved to have state coordinators, who are going to meet at their different state levels — eventually also have zonal coordinators who will also work at the zonal level in collating decision that they will finally come up with after due consultation,” Agbedi said.

He said the resolutions from the respective states are expected from their coordinators within one week.

The opposition reps cut across the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Labour Party (LP), New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Africa Democratic Congress (ADC), Young Peoples Party (YPP), All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and the Social Democratic Party (SDP).

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