Speakership position: G7 join forces with minority coalition

Aspirants for speakership of the 10th House of Representatives under aegis of G-7, are now in alliance with the “Greater Majority” coalition to present a consensus candidate as efforts are on for inauguration of the new national assembly. 

The G7 aspirants met at a parley with the “Greater Majority “in Abuja on Saturday at Transcorp Hilton, where it reiterated its members’ commitment to work with the minority caucus in a bid to present a common front for the House of Representatives Speaker. 

The G7 are made up of Rep. Ahmed Wase, the Deputy Speaker of the House, Aliyu Betara, Chairman, House Committee on Appropriation, Yusuf Gagdi, Chairman, House Committee on Navy, Sada Soli (APC-Katsina), Sani Jaji (APC-Zamfara), Miriam Onuoha (APC-Imo) and Ado Doguwa. 

Sada Soli commended the caucus, while assuring them of their unalloyed support with a promised to present a consensus candidate to the Greater Majority. 

Responding on behalf of the greater majority, Rep. Fred Agbedi, commended the G7 in seeing the Greater majority as partners in progress for the progressive growth of the 10 House of Reps

He hailed the lawmakers for maintaining sacredness of the hollowed chamber, while assuring the G7 that the caucus had not endorsed any candidate.

He promised that the greater minority would work with all members-elect of the minority to ensure that the 10th House had a speaker for all

The G7 however found the endorsement of Abbas and Kalu as an affront on their aspirations, claiming they were not consulted and such endorsement will not stand 

The total number of minority in the House from the PDP, NNPP, ADC, YPP and LP is 182, while the APC has 178 members-elect, while the focus of the greater majority is to preserve the independence of the legislature.

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