There are strong indications that more members-elect for the 9th House of Representatives have thrown their weight behind the candidature of Hon Ahmed Idris Wase for speaker.
It was learnt that both returning and newly-elected members for the 9th House have declared support for the Plateau-lawmaker, who represents Wase Federal Constituency guy.
A fourth term member, Wase is among the top contenders for the position of speaker, and some lawmakers who spoke with our correspondent, observed that he was much preferred to others who are aspiring for the position.
According to them,” Wase’s leadership qualities, humility and grasp of legislative activities stand him out among the others”.
One of the lawmakers said Wase has all it takes to lead the House peacefully because “he enjoys that support and understanding of almost all returning members.”
It was gathered that even some of the lawmakers that indicated interest to vie for the speaker’s office are ready to step down and join hands with Wase for his emergence.
“Among all the contenders, Wase appears to be more matured, and he knows how to handle people. He is a very calm and gentle man that can fit the position of Speaker very well.
“I can assure you that most members are comfortable with Wase because he never had issues with anybody. Besides, he has listening ears.
“He ensured fairness and correction of imbalances when he served as chairman federal character committee. He operates an open door policy. He always listens to members each time they come to him with an issue.
“He is someone that doesn’t raise his shoulders despite the fact that he’s one of the ranking members of the House. So, many members are really ready to see that he becomes speaker,” the lawmaker, who did not want to be named said.
Another member simply said: “Wase is gaining more support from our colleagues. He is really a good man. Everyone among our colleagues can attest to that. He doesn’t have problem with any member, and he has helped us in many ways to get jobs for our people.”