Speakership: We’ll endorse a consensus candidate to run against Abass – Betara


One of the aspirants for the Speakership of the House of Representatives, Aliyu Betara has revealed that the Coalition of Progressive Speakership Aspirants (COPSA) which comprises of Hon. Idris Wase, Hon. Aliyu Betara, Hon. Dada Soli, Hon. Princess Mariam, Hon. Jaji and Hon. Yusuf Gagdi will endorse one amongst them to run against the preferred choice of the APC, Tajudeen Abass for the Speakership of the House of Representatives.

He said this during the official declaration of the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Idris Wase to run for the Speakership in Abuja.

“Six of us aspirants are here to support the campaign of our deputy speaker. Six of us are determined to protect democracy because the House of Representatives is the House of the Nigerian people. By the time we lock ourselves in the House, no leadership of the House will be there. It will we and we. May God almighty see our heart and chose the leader”, he said.

Similarly, Betara also said “Members-elect, aspirants, I came here to appreciate my brother, the deputy speaker and others for finding time to attend my declaration. I have known the deputy speaker since 2007 and we have been together since then. For us forming a group, we are not fighting, we are all APC members. A consensus candidate can be picked but we must sit and say this is the person we have picked to lead us. I assure all my colleagues, members-elect, former members, we are not going to fight. We are going to agree to support one of us as speaker”.


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