AHEAD of the inauguration of the 9th National Assembly, and election of officers, members-elect have been enjoined not to elect a Speaker “with questionable past, tinted antecedents and barrage of court cases.”
At a press conference Saturday, the Arewa Progressive Congress (APC) appealed to the incoming lawmakers to look at the antecedents of all the contestants before making a choice.
The Chairman of the APC, Alhaji Ali Abacha noted that, “we are particularly concerned about who will eventually be elected the Speaker of the Green Chamber.
“There is the need for the lawmakers to peruse the credentials of those presently angling for the exalted position.
“A closer look at the antecedents of some of the contestants would suffice for the incoming lawmakers to make a choice that would not embarrass the country and make Nigeria a laughing stock in the comity of nations.
According to Abacha: “Regardless of the amount of money spent by any aspirant, what counts most should be the level of patriotism and integrity of whoever emerges as the Speaker.
“Any candidate with court cases should be told to clear himself of litigations before contesting for the number four position.
“To elect a Speaker with a baggage of court cases is tantamount to mockery of our selection process.”
Noting that the ruling party had zoned the position of the Speaker to the South West, Abacha said that electing people with questionable antecedents would negate the anti corruption stance of the government of the day.
Abacha stressed that the “next level administration should excise men with blemish in the polity if the international community would take the fight against corruption seriously.
“President Muhammadu Buhari predicates his agenda on the tripod of fighting insecurity, repositioning the economy and waging war against corruption.
“We are particularly impressed with the President’s zeal to extirpate corruption from the national polity.
“The President had done his best possible to improve the local and international perception of the country.
“Such gains must not be dissipated with the enthronement of any individual with integrity question as the Speaker of the Ninth House of Representatives.
“All hands must be on deck to support the President in this onerous task of fighting against corruption especially at the highest level.
He added that the house of the lawmakers should reflect the wishes of the majority of Nigerians, who voted them into power.