One of the aspirants for the position of speakership of the House of Representatives, Hon. Olusegun Odebunmi, has cautioned the national leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC, against favouritism.
This is just as several other lawmakers have expressed displeasure with the way and manner the APC is handling the leadership of the 9th Assembly.
They warned that the ruling party is on the verge of making the same mistake it made in 2015.
Odebunmi, who has just been re-elected for the third term to represent Ogo-Oluwa/Surulere federal constituency, said his party would be making a major mistake, if the national leadership does not give all aspirants a level-playing field to vie for the position.
The Nation quoted Bunvic, who is a former council chairman of Oyo-Oluwa local government, as saying that “It is being rumoured that the APC may likely zone the speakership seat to the Southwest, which means every qualified member from the zone can contest. Gbajabiamila has not been named as the party’s candidate. I have not got information to that effect. I was at the meeting called by the APC National Working Committee (NWC) and nothing of such was mentioned.”
He stressed the need for the party to act decisively by zoning all principal positions in the House to appropriate geo-political zones. This, he said, would reduce tension and confusion in the polity.
Even though the support for Gbajabiamiala cuts across party lines, analysts say the national leadership of the APC should not allow a repeat of the 2015 episode where few over ambitious members of the party teamed up with the opposition to take over the leadership of the National Assembly.