The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is walking on a precarious tightrope act in the House of Representatives, where lawmakers are plotting to undermine the zoning policy proposed by President-elect Bola Tinubu and endorsed by the party’s leadership.
Tajudeen Abbas, a member of the House from Kaduna State, was chosen as a consensus candidate by the National Working Committee on Monday, while Ben Kalu, lawmaker from Abia State, was chosen as deputy speaker.
Later that evening, all of the key contenders—Deputy Speaker Idris Wase, Ado Doguwa, Yusuf Gagdi, Sada Soli, Ahmed Jaji, and Miriam Onuoha—appeared at Muktar Betara’s declaration and openly rejected Abbas as the consensus choice.
“We will defeat those forces that think Nigeria is in their pocket,” Deputy Speaker Wase told the crowd. He also said that five of the candidates have already joined forces to oppose the establishment.
Other applicants, such as Soli, Doguwa, and Jaji, also spoke, indicating their willingness to oppose and defeat the anointed candidate.
“The APC lacks the numbers to tell lawmakers to go to hell.” The overall majority is small, compared to the last assembly, when the APC had over 200,” a lawmaker from one of the candidates’ side remarked during a meeting on Sunday.
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