Dyepkazah Shibayan, Abuja
With the ongoing tussle for the position of Speaker in the House of Representatives, the North -East Caucus in the House has thrown its weight behind the Minority Leader Femi Gbajabiamila as the Speaker of the 8th Assembly. This Caucus also endorsed Mohammed Tahir Monguno from Borno State as their choice candidate for the position of Deputy Speaker of the House.
Briefing journalists after their meeting in Abuja, Goni Bukar Lawan said their decision was based on the political reality of the country. Lawan said that in advanced democracies, when the minority takes over government, the Minority Leader becomes the Majority Leader of the party.
“We cannot look for any leader, because even before we took over the government he was our leader, and today we’re in the position. “That’s why we decided to take our leader, Femi Gbajabiamila to be our Speaker, and for Hon. Mungonu to be our Deputy Speaker by the grace of God, “Lawan explained.
Members- elect from the North- Eastern Caucus who signed the Gbajabiamila/ Monguno endorsement document include: Sadiq Ibrahim, Yusuf Buba, Abdulraman Shaibu, Philip Gutuwa from Adamawa Bauchi: Muhammed Sani Abdu, Lawal Yahayah, Tata Omar, Isa Hassan Mohammed, Ibrahim Baba, Mohammed Gololo, Salisu Ningi, Musa Aliyu, Ahmed Yarima, Adamu Gupai. Borno: Mohammed Nur Sheriff, Mahmud Lawan, Mohammed Sanda, Dr Asabe Bashir, Mallam Bukar Gana, Abdulkadir Rahis, Ayuba Mohammed Bello, Mohammed Tahir Monguno, Jibrin Satumari Gombe: Khamisu Ahmed Mailantarki, Binta Bello, Ustaz Yinus, Umar Barambu, Ali Isa JC. Yobe: Goni Bukar Lawan, Khadija B.A. Ibrahim, Ismaila Gadaka, Yau Galadima, Sidi Yakubu, Sabo Garba.