OrderPaperToday – House of Representatives members-elect from Benue and Plateau States for the 9th assembly have decided to support Mr. John Dyegh (APC, Benue) who has declared his intention to vie for the position of speakership.
The lawmakers made their position known over the weekend while being hosted to a dinner by Mr. Dyegh in his country home at Games Village, Abuja.
Mr. Dyegh, who is a serving lawmaker and also member-elect said his ambition was to foster unity, equity and fairness amongst the geopolitical zones that made up Nigeria, saying “the north central is the hub of Nigerian nation and has always played a stabilising role whenever there is tension in the land” adding that “for fairness and justice, we deserve to be given the position of speaker. Look at the number of votes we gave the president; we are number three and the first two have been adequately compensated: that is north west and north east. South west came fourth but they have the vice president. Therefore, the speaker should be ours.”
On his part, Mr. Kpam Sokpo elected on the platform of the People Democratic Party (PDP) to represent Buruku federal constituency of Benue State lauded the courage and initiative of John Dyegh and promised to support him to win the position of Speaker of the House.
“As for me you me, you have my full support and I believe that with the way we have started, if we see it as a personal initiative we will achieve our aim. Let’s all push the north central agenda because this is no longer about John Dyegh but about Benue project. I commend your courage for the fact that you were offered a deputy speaker but you declined the position”, he said.
Another Benue Member elect from PDP, Mr. Francis Agbo who shall represent Ado/Ogbadigbo/Opukuma said he was willing to support the aspirant irrespective of tribe or party difference.
He said “there’s an adage in my tribe (Idoma) that says if your brother cannot be a king, then you cannot be a brother to the king. I am deeply convinced that it is better for me to have a Benue speaker than have an outsider become a speaker. If you look at the configuration of this country there should be balance in everything that we do. It is the north central who actually fought for the unity and peace of this country and therefore I believe that north central should be considered. I believe that somebody from north central should be speaker and somebody from Benue should be speaker. This country belongs to all of us and we can not continue to be treated as second hand citizens”.
The following lawmakers were present at the event to show their love, support and solidarity; Mr. Francis Attah Agbo (PDP), Godday Samuel Odagboyi (LP), Kpam Jimin Sokpo (PDP), Benjamin Mzondu (PDP). Others are Iorkyaw Richard Gbande (PDP), Aondona Richard Tyough (PDP), Slomon Maren (PDP) and Dachung Musa Bagos from Plateau State.