Sunday, 7 June 2015

Controversy as Gbajabiamila Emerges Speaker of House of Reps, Hon. Dogara Rejects Result



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After long hours of voting, the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila won the mandate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) members-elect to be the next Speaker.
Gbajabiamila defeated Hon. Yakubu Dogara, who staged a walk-out with 18 members-elect protesting the outcome.


According to the National Secretary of APC, Mallam Mai Mala Buni, said out of the 209 APC members-elect, 183 signed the attendance register, while 161 others voted at the straw poll, with about 22 others either abstaining or staging a walk-out.
Out of the 161 votes, Gbajabiamila garnered 154 votes, Dogara got 3 and 4 votes were invalid.

Tahir Monguno scored 153 votes to emerge the sole candidate of the party for the position of Deputy Speaker.
 

Meanwhile, another speakership aspirant, Yakubu Dogara has rejected the result of the All Progressives Congress’s shadow election for its candidate for the speakership position in the House of Representatives.

Dogara said that emergence of Femi Gbajabiamila as the party’s candidate for speakership in a 'mock' election conducted on Saturday by the APC.

One of his supporters, Abdulmumin Jibrin, made this known on Facebook after the mock election.

According to his posting, “Our Stand on the Illegality perpetrated by leadership of the All Progressives Congress. We in the 8th Assembly Consolidation Group of Hon. Yakubu Dogara wish to state our position on the event of today Saturday 6th June 2015. We got invitation for a meeting summoned by the APC leadership, and we went their with the expectation the party wanted to give us last word ahead of Tuesday's inauguration of the House.

However, we began to notice some moves in the hall where members supporting. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila started campaigning and soon we saw ballot papers being moved in the hall. The National Chairman of the party Chief John Oyegun informed us that they were going to conduct a mock, straw or primary election. The 8th Assembly Consolidation Group mandated Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin to speak on our behalf.

First, we read out the statement issued by our leader, President Muhammadu Buhari on the election of National Assembly leadership.

We then told Chief Oyegun that it is either he is disagreeing with the President, undermining his stance, or does not agree that the president is the leader of the party.

Secondly, we informed the party that the remaining two aspirants in the race for the Speaker are of the APC since no. PDP member is contesting for the position. constitution.

Consequently, we demanded that the process be delayed with at least 24 hours to enable us to prepare and mobilise our members.After raising these objections, the national chairman Chief Oyegun did not respond to any of the points raised

We should therefore be allowed to sort it out among ourselves on Tuesday.

Thirdly, if we were coming for election we ought to have been notified well ahead. We therefore view this as an ambush, manipulative and indicative of the fact that the party leadership came with a predetermined position which was skewed to favour Hon Gbajabiamila.

Fourthly, we also informed the APC leadership that the process they were about doing contrary to the provisions of the party's constitution which did not prescribe that a primary election be conducted for the Speakership, contrary to the provisions of the House Standing Orders and above all, contrary to the provisions of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The next Speaker of the House should be allowed to be elected in tandem with the constitution.

Consequently, we demanded that the process be delayed with at least 24 hours to enable us to prepare and mobilise our members After raising these objections, the national chairman Chief Oyegun did not respond to any of the points raised initially.

The chairman agreed to halt the process but one hour later, the National Vice Chairman North Senator Lawal Shuaibu came up and said the process must go on whether we like it or not. We had no option than to walkout of the hall and address the press.

The election of the House Speaker is not an exclusivity of the APC but include all members from all political parties.

Our position is that we are not a party to what they did and we maintain that the election of the Speaker of the House of Representatives cannot be conducted outside the chamber of the House and we are ready to participate in that process on Tuesday 9th June, 2015.”

Signed: Rep. Abdulmumin Jibrin PhD.
For Yakubu Dogara Consolidation Group.






House of Representatives speakership aspirant, Yakubu Dogara has rejected the result of the All Progressives Congress’s shadow election for its candidate for the speakership position in the House of Representatives.

Dogara said that emergence of Femi Gbajabiamila as the party’s candidate for speakership in a 'mock' election conducted on Saturday by the APC.

One of his supporters, Abdulmumin Jibrin, made this known on Facebook after the mock election.

According to his posting, “Our Stand on the Illegality perpetrated by leadership of the All Progressives Congress. We in the 8th Assembly Consolidation Group of Hon. Yakubu Dogara wish to state our position on the event of today Saturday 6th June 2015. We got invitation for a meeting summoned by the APC leadership, and we went their with the expectation the party wanted to give us last word ahead of Tuesday's inauguration of the House.

However, we began to notice some moves in the hall where members supporting. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila started campaigning and soon we saw ballot papers being moved in the hall. The National Chairman of the party Chief John Oyegun informed us that they were going to conduct a mock, straw or primary election. The 8th Assembly Consolidation Group mandated Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin to speak on our behalf.

First, we read out the statement issued by our leader, President Muhammadu Buhari on the election of National Assembly leadership.

We then told Chief Oyegun that it is either he is disagreeing with the President, undermining his stance, or does not agree that the president is the leader of the party.

Secondly, we informed the party that the remaining two aspirants in the race for the Speaker are of the APC since no. PDP member is contesting for the position. constitution.

Consequently, we demanded that the process be delayed with at least 24 hours to enable us to prepare and mobilise our members.After raising these objections, the national chairman Chief Oyegun did not respond to any of the points raised

We should therefore be allowed to sort it out among ourselves on Tuesday.

Thirdly, if we were coming for election we ought to have been notified well ahead. We therefore view this as an ambush, manipulative and indicative of the fact that the party leadership came with a predetermined position which was skewed to favour Hon Gbajabiamila.

Fourthly, we also informed the APC leadership that the process they were about doing contrary to the provisions of the party's constitution which did not prescribe that a primary election be conducted for the Speakership, contrary to the provisions of the House Standing Orders and above all, contrary to the provisions of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The next Speaker of the House should be allowed to be elected in tandem with the constitution.

Consequently, we demanded that the process be delayed with at least 24 hours to enable us to prepare and mobilise our members After raising these objections, the national chairman Chief Oyegun did not respond to any of the points raised initially.

The chairman agreed to halt the process but one hour later, the National Vice Chairman North Senator Lawal Shuaibu came up and said the process must go on whether we like it or not. We had no option than to walkout of the hall and address the press.

The election of the House Speaker is not an exclusivity of the APC but include all members from all political parties.

Our position is that we are not a party to what they did and we maintain that the election of the Speaker of the House of Representatives cannot be conducted outside the chamber of the House and we are ready to participate in that process on Tuesday 9th June, 2015.”

Signed: Rep. Abdulmumin Jibrin PhD.
For Yakubu Dogara Consolidation Group.




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