Dyepkazah Shibayan, Abuja
As the inauguration of the 8th assembly draws nears, Chairman House Services and Welfare Committee of the House of Representatives and speakership aspirant, Yakubu Dogara yesterday picked Lasun Yussuf as the deputy speaker candidate.
A member of the 8th Assembly Consolidation Group which has been campaigning for the speakership candidature of Dogara (Bauchi/APC) made the disclosure to journalists. According to the member who did not want his name in print said, “The candidature of the Hon. Lasun for the deputy speaker is to balance the equation and to give room for federal character principle since he comes from south West.
“The group believes that the competence of Hon. Lasun who is equally an APC member from Osun State would go a long way in helping to stabilise the 8th assembly”. Lasun who joined the race last week was said to have conceded to step down for Dogma and in view of this development the group decided to pick him to be the deputy to Dogara.
In another development, Yakubu Dogara soliciting the support of his colleagues for the Speakership position in a statement said, “As members of the 8th Assembly, we have a golden opportunity in our hands to consolidate on the numerous achievements of the 7th House, especially as it concerns the independence of the House of the Nigerian people. “This is the only way by which we can secure the destinies of our constituents who have invested their confidence in us”.