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APC, PDP lawmakers strike deal on next Reps Speaker



All Progressive Congress (APC) legislators and their counterparts in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the House of Representatives are working to create an agreement before the inauguration of the IX National Assembly.

This was announced by the deputy minority leader and spokesperson of the PDP group in the House of Representatives, Chukwuka Onyema, who informed journalists at the end of a meeting between the two groups on Friday in Abuja.

However, Onyema insisted that there was “no agreement yet”.

He said the PDP legislators took the opportunity of the meeting to ask all candidates for the President of the Ninth Section to present their posters in order to reach an agreement on how the two main political parties will share delicate positions.

According to him, the leadership positions excluded the accusations of speaker, speaker and leader of the Chamber.

However, some of the presidents of sensitive committees will be assigned to the PDP by the PCA according to the proposed agreement.

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He said: “Everybody came to tell us why they want to be speaker; what they are going to do to improve the House and the relationship among the members. That’s the whole essence of the meeting.

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“All the candidates who appeared before us said they know they can’t run the House without the minority parties, especially the PDP, against a statement credited to someone to that effect‎.

“We don’t have any preferred candidate yet; we are going to sit as a caucus, deliberate on it, analyse it and then come up with our position. I wish we could strike a deal, but no deal yet.”

The PDP caucus leader dispelled rumours that PDP governors had settled for a particular candidate, arguing that the onus of choosing a speaker lays not with governors but with the lawmakers who would vote.

Among the APC speakership aspirants who appeared before the PDP caucus at the meeting and outlined their policies if elected were Umaru Bago (APC, Niger), Nkeiruka Onyejeocha (APC, Abia) and the incumbent House Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila (APC, Lagos).

This meeting appeared to be a clear reversal on the earlier stated position of the ruling APC with regards to sharing positions in the 9th Assembly,