The Vice President-elect, Kashim Shettima, has met with one of many aspirants for the Speakership place within the tenth Nationwide Meeting, Yusuf Gagdi.
Naija Information studies that Gadgi and 6 different aspirants have rejected the zoning components for the management of the tenth Nationwide Meeting launched by the Nationwide Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The APC NWC had picked Tajudeen Abbas (Kaduna/North-West) for the Speaker of the Home of Representatives; and Benjamin Kalu (Abia/South-East) for the Deputy Speaker.
Talking with The Punch, Gagdi disclosed that he reached out and met with the Vice President-elect relating to the zoning association and his ambition to grow to be the subsequent Speaker.
The lawmaker acknowledged that the assembly was not associated to the go to of Abbas and Kalu to Shettima just lately and was not about reaching out to aggrieved aspirants, popularly often called the G-7.
The speakership aspirant, nonetheless, mentioned the previous Governor of Borno State didn’t ask him to step down.
He mentioned, “I reached out to him earlier than he made this remark (when the Joint Activity led Abbas and Kalu to Shettima). There was an appointment that I used to be going to satisfy with him and he didn’t inform me to step down. I believe my assembly with him had a relationship with me contesting to be Speaker, however no dialogue by any means is expounded to the go to of the so-called anointed candidate and reaching out to members of the G-7.
“I met him as a political chief of the North and to inform him about my intention to run for Speaker, as a result of up until that second, I had not formally declared that to him. I instructed him and he prayed and wished me properly. If there was any engagement relating to the difficulty of who turns into Speaker; whether or not reaching out to us to help Tajudeen Abbas or not, I’ve not mentioned that with the VP-elect but.”
When requested about Tinubu reaching out to the G-7, the speakership aspirant mentioned, “The group had resolved that we should produce one particular person amongst us and that’s our stand.
“And if Asiwaju (Tinubu) calls me, not them, my very own wrestle, irrespective of how costly it seems to be, I’m not struggling for myself; I’m struggling for the frequent Nigerians. Being a Speaker isn’t a do-or-die affair. I’ll solely pay attention if justice is completed to my zone.”
He added: “If the APC had consulted broadly with leaders of the social gathering in addition to members-elect of the Nationwide Meeting because it did in 2019 when it adopted Ahmed Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila for President of the Senate and Speaker of the Home, respectively, you wouldn’t have this drawback. However once you assume everyone is no one, folks start to indicate that inside their little powers, they’re highly effective.”
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