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Speaker: APC Govs set for showdown with Reps-elect

Governors and governors-elect of the All Progressives Congress, APC are set for a showdown with party members elected to the coming House of Representatives over their insistence on the zoning of the principal office positions in the National Assembly.

The stance of the governors a source learnt is causing apprehension among party stakeholders of a possible clash between the governors and the president-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari who has openly proclaimed that the most popular candidates among the aspirants should be chosen.

The governors as a way of forcing their way through are trying to use their loyal associates in the outgoing House to also amend the House Rules to compel the voting for presiding officers to be in the open. The members have vowed to frustrate the amendments to ensure that the provision for secret voting that was adopted in the days leading to the emergence of Aminu Waziri Tambuwal is retained.

Members-elect, a source learnt, are riding on the assertion by Gen. Buhari earlier this week that he was not committed to any of the candidates aspiring to leadership positions in the National Assembly.

The declaration a source learnt has emboldened supporters of a particular candidate from the Northeast to push for the election to be open to all to allow the most popular candidate to emerge as speaker.

“What the governors are doing is to go against the wishes of the president-elect for an open and democratic process but we are determined to stop them,” a canvasser for one of the popular candidates told a source yesterday.

“What we want is for the process to be taken to the floor and let the most popular candidate emerge, but some of the governors are now openly saying that they would not allow that. Is that fair?” a returning member asked yesterday.

The aggrieved members-elect are yet to decide on attending the meeting with the governors which has been fixed for next week.

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Posted By BOBRICKY On 07:19 Sat, 16 May 2015

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