Some Bola Tinubu support groups have thrown their weight behind the Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations, Hon Aliyu Muktar Betara, for the position of Speaker in the 10th National Assembly.
The pro-President-Elect groups, under the aegis of the Coalition of Asiwaju Groups in Northern Nigeria, made their position known at a press conference on Saturday in Abuja.
In his address, Comrade Abdullahi Bilal, the Convener of the groups said Betara flaunts a rich resume, best known for his competence, excellence, and knack for the country’s unity.
Describing Betara as a high-ranking legislator with a grasp of issues in the national debate, Bilal added that as a consummate administrator, he believes in a strong and united Nigeria.
The groups also recommended that the Deputy Senate President of the National Assembly and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation be zoned to the North East and North Central regions respectively.
“We wish to state that the Coalition of Asiwaju Support Groups in Northern Nigeria is committed to the incoming administration and its lofty plans to address the country’s myriad of challenges,” the statement said.
“It is, therefore, important that all arms of government are on the same page in ensuring that Nigerians enjoy uninterrupted dividends of democracy in our quest for sustainable growth and development.
“On this heel, we wish to lend our voice over the leadership of the legislative arm of government. This is necessary to ensure a symbiotic relationship between the executive and the legislative arms of government.
“To this end, the best hands must be supported to emerge in the leadership of the National Assembly. Consequently, the quality of aspirants that have indicated an interest in the leadership of the National Assembly has been noteworthy.
“From the list of aspirants, Hon. Aliyu Muktar Betera is the most suitable aspirant as the Speaker of the House of Representatives. He comes on board with a rich resume that speaks volumes of a loyal party man whose contributions to the sustenance of democracy in Nigeria.
“Hon. Muktar Aliyu Betera is a high-ranking legislator whose grasp of issues in the national debate is impressive. His leadership of committees in the House of Representatives has been exemplary and has contributed immensely to sustainable growth and development in the country.
“Hon. Muktar Aliyu Betera is a consummate administrator who believes in a strong and united Nigeria. He commands tremendous respect nationwide for his track record of promoting unity and peaceful coexistence.
“The Coalition of Asiwaju Groups in Northern Nigeria believes that with Hon Muktar Aliyu Betera as the Speaker of the House of Representatives, he will bring to bear his experience and capacity to bear in supporting the executive in enthroning credible governance in the country.
“We also recommend that the Deputy Senate President of the National Assembly be zoned to the North East and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation to the North Central regions of the country.
“The Coalition of Asiwaju Groups in Northern Nigeria wishes to state in unequivocal terms that the incoming administration of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is poised to hit the ground running in delivering on the overwhelming mandate given to it by Nigerians.”
The coalition, therefore, called on APC stakeholders to support the choice of Betera for Speaker of the House of Representatives, adding that he is “credible, competent, and experienced in delivering on the task at hand for the betterment of the country.”
Bilal further said: “He is also a bridge builder who will galvanize the support and buy-in of the legislative arm of government in the lofty plans and program of the incoming administration in our quest to build the Nigeria of our dreams.
“It must be stated that managing executive-legislative working relationships is imperative for good governance and service delivery. Also, the quest for peace, security, and good governance in Nigeria requires that the executive and legislature must, as a matter of urgency, work together to engineer the policy-making and implementation process that will engender good governance.”