10th NASS: APC Movement Backs Abbas Speakership Bid, Sends Strong Message to Tinubu
- More endorsements have begun to fall in line for Hon. Abbas Tajudeen in his bid to become the next Speaker of the House of Representatives
- The Kaduna-born politician has already secured the blessings of the president-elect, Bola Tinubu and the All Progressive Congress (APC)
- Similarly, the Progressives Foundational Movement (PFM) has also thrown its weight behind the Hon Tajudeen
FCT, Abuja – The anointed candidate for the speakership seat of the House of Representatives, Abass Tajudeen, has gotten the backing of the Progressives Foundational Movement (PFM).
Recall that Hon Tajudeen, earlier in May, was declared the consensus candidate for the lower chamber’s coveted speakership seat by the APC’s national leadership.
It was gathered that the president-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, blessed Hon Tajudeen to lead the lower chamber of the incoming 10th national assembly.
This decision by the APC and the president-elect has since caused animosity within the party as several lawmakers and blocks have vented their displeasure over the development.
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Speakership: Tajudeen gets more endorsement
Contrastingly, the PFM said they would be standing solidly behind Tajudeen in his bid to become the next Speaker of the lower chamber.
In making a case for Abbas, they stated that the lawmaker was a member of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), one of the political parties that merged to form the All Progressives Congress (APC).
In a statement obtained by Legit.ng on Sunday, May 14, in Abuja, PFM national coordinator Barrister Aganaba Johnson said:
“It will amount to injustice against the defunct CPC members in the APC if other defunct parties like Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) that produced the President-elect, the defunct All Nigerians Peoples Party (ANPP) produced Vice President-elect and the New Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is allowed to Produce the Senate President, then Hon. Tajudeen Abbas should be given the opportunity to represent the defunct CPC as Speaker House of Representatives.”
Barr Johnson noted that Abbas’s track record at the green chamber had been a plum, and he has been instrumental in sponsoring 20 bills assented out of his 78 Bills in the 9th Assembly.
While commending the President-elect and the Abdullahi Adamu-led NWC, Johnson added that the choice of Abbas “is a well thought out decision that would be in the best interest of the country.”
The statement also urged the President-elect and the party leadership to resist all forms of pressure and blackmail by allowing the supremacy of the party decision to stand.
“There is no need to gang up against the anointed candidates and the party because the opposition is waiting in the wings to exploit your differences. Please, do not throw the party into disarray because of leadership positions.”
Speakership: APC Forum Rejects Tajudeen’s Nomination, Makes Case for Wase, Northcentral Zoning
Meanwhile, the race for the speakership seat of the House of Representatives is becoming more interesting as the days go by.
Despite the nomination of a consensus candidate by the leadership of the APC, some blocks in the party are not pleased with the decision.
APC’s Equity and Justice Forum recently stated that snubbing the Northcentral for the coveted position would be a grave blunder.