Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has finally capitulated to President Muhammadu Buhari by appointing some of his loyalists as principal officers of the Green Chamber.
Dogara had insisted on having his way in using zoning in the appointment of principal officers of the House, but his opponents led by Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila had said he must respect the party’s position on the matter.
Acting under the aegis of The APC Loyalists, Gbajabiamila had met with Buhari twice, while Buhari had also reportedly reached out to Dogara to ensure a balance in the sharing of the offices.
However, the opposing groups: the Consolidation Group led by Dogara and the APC Loyalists Group in a reconciliatory agreement tagged ‘Equity Team’ announced their decision to adopt the zoning formula proposed by the speaker.
At a joint press conference in Abuja Saturday, the Gbajabiamila Group represented by Hon. Alhassan Ado Doguwa, Hon. Pally Iriase and Hon. Mohammed Monguno, while the Consolidation Group represented by Hon. Abdulmumin Jirin announced that the crisis had been resolved in the interest of peace and national unity.
Speaking on behalf of the APC Loyalists, Iriase said, “We looked at it and used it to assess the Speaker’s proposal that Doguwa (North- West) be made House Leader, Pally Iriase (South-South), the Chief Whip, Buba Jubrin (North-Central) be made Deputy Leader and Chike Okafor (South-East) be made Deputy Whip.
“We reflected on it and made consultations and I hereby let you know that majority of the APC caucus in the House have accepted this position. This position was accepted because it reflects inclusiveness, equity, fairness and justice.
“This position was accepted because Nigerians’ patience has been overtasked and our sense of responsibility will be called to question if this crisis lingers further.
“In doing this, we are very indebted and salute the maturity …Read More
Source:: New Mail