Senate President/Speakership: Our Selection Will Be Based On Merit, Not Imposition, Says Dogara

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Speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara says the next Senate President and Speaker of the 9th Assembly will be determine by the collective votes of members of the National Assembly and not by the imposition of candidate by the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He stated this during the induction of Senators-elect and Representatives-elect of the ninth National Assembly in Abuja.

Dogara, who represents Bogoro/ Tafawa Balewa federal constituency in Bauchi state, reiterated that the National Assembly won’t succumb to any form of coercion or lobbying from the ruling party in order to plant their candidate against the wishes of the members.

“We have made a lot of mileage and we hope that we will be able to get the kind of leadership that will build on the achievements of this Assembly which is unparalleled in our legislative history.

“I will advise members to actually look out for those who have thrown themselves into the race to see who is it that will aggregate their aspirations better and then will be able to surpass the record of this Assembly.”

“Well, I’m not here to dictate to parties, the parties have their manifestoes, the way to do their businesses but one thing I have said and if you followed the business during this induction, it is always better to allow the leadership to emerge from the people.

“Where leadership has been forced upon the people, the history in the National Assembly, and in fact, the history of Nigeria, it has never endured. The least we could afford in the National Assembly is crisis on account of the leadership selection process.

“So whoever a party is sponsoring and supporting, they should make sure they have the backing of the legislature so that they (legislators) accept it because they own the process and they own the leadership.”

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