Speakership race: Hon Mohammed Umaru Bago from Niger State declared interest
North Central Deserves Equitable Treatment
Mohammed Umaru Bago, a returning member of the House of Representatives from Niger State has declared his intention to vie for speakership position in the 9th Assembly.
The lawmaker who hinged his bid on the need for equity in the distribution of powers in the incoming APC administration stated that, of all the zones in the country, only the North Central has never produced a presiding officer, be it a speaker or deputy since 1999.
Citing section 14 subsections 1;1C;3 and 4 of the constitution as amended, Bago who currently chairs the House Committee on Maritime Safety and Education noted that “the North West, South West and North East have all produced 5 different speakers between them”.
“The South-South, North East, South East and South West have also produced 5 deputy speakers among themselves since 1999″.
“What does the North Central has in the entire equation, and they want us to keep mute? Who’s speaking for the zone that has never been recognized for keeping faith with the party?
“Despite all the crisis and challenges bedeviling the zone under the APC administration, we stayed the course for the party and the president, delivering more than 70% of votes cast,” he said.