10th Assembly: Wase Vow Not To Step Down For The Speakership Race
I Won’t step down. The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ahmed Wase, has insisted that he won’t step down for any contender in the race for the 10th National Assembly speaker position.
He disclosed this to State House correspondents on Friday after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. Wase Vow Not To Step Down
Recall that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) had zoned the position to the North-West with preference for Hon. Tajudeen Abbas from Kaduna State.
He said, “I am in the race, and by the grace of God, I am going to conclude the race. I have not withdrawn or stepped down for anybody.”
However, he argued that the APC’s National Working Committee (NWC) letter, which outlined the zoning as advisory, also allows for continued discussions on the matter.
According to Wase, the advisory nature of the letter contradicts Section 14(4) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
He stated that Section 14(4) of the Nigerian Constitution states that the composition of the Government of the Federation, including its agencies, should reflect the federal character of Nigeria.
He emphasised that the constitutional provision aims to promote national unity, avoid the dominance of individuals from specific states or ethnic groups, and ensure the loyalty and harmony of the nation. Wase Vow Not To Step Down
Highlighting the importance of diversity in leadership, Wase emphasised that Nigeria has six geopolitical zones and that the government currently comprises six presiding officers.
He argued that neglecting his North-Central zone for the deputy speaker position would not only be contrary to the constitutional principle of federal character but would also disregard the significant support and votes his region has contributed to the government.
Wase Vow Not To Step Down
“I am not just speaking for myself,” Wase asserted, underlining the shared sentiments among fellow candidates.
“You can’t bring a Deputy Senate President, but you can give us the Deputy Speaker role.
“You cannot neglect us, even though we have given one of the best outcomes in terms of voting and support to the government,” Wase added.