Top aspirant in the contest for the speaker of the 9th House of Representatives, Hon Umaru Mohammed Bago, has said that the endorsement of Hon Femi Gbajabiamila by the Niger State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) will not deter his ambition.
Bago, who stated this yesterday during a chat with journalists in Abuja, noted that the state chapter was at liberty to support any candidate of its choosing.
It would be recalled that the Niger State APC chairman, Engr Mohammed Jibrin Imam on Monday, said that the National Assembly members-elect from the state endorsed both Senator Ahmed Lawal and Femi Gbajabiamila for Senate President and Speaker respectively to demonstrate loyalty to the party.
Imam, who stated this in Minna, said that the decision of the party in the state was to reiterate the position of the North Central to support both legislators.
According to Bago, “I wasn’t disowned by my colleagues, members-elect from my state and neither did my party reject me. What the state chairman said was that the state chapter wants to tow the path of the party and it is Okay and understandable for it to do so; that is the beauty of democracy.
“But their decision will not stop me from contesting; by the grace of God, come June 9, I am going to the floor of the House to contest and I will emerge victorious.”
The lawmaker while also stressing that his campaign is issue based, however regretted that the issues are yet to be addressed by the party.
On how he intends to address the issue of other candidates from the North Central particularly, Hon. John Dyegh, Bago explained that both of them shared the same concerns which centered on the lack of equity and balance as it relates to the North Central and leadership positions in the green chamber.
He assured that they would be no problems between them as they would reach a compromise before the day of the election.
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