OrderPaperToday– With barely 24 hours to the inauguration of the 9th National Assembly, a speakership aspirant in the House of Representatives, Mr. John Dyegh (Benue, APC) has said his involvement in the contest is not to oppose the Muhammadu Buhari led federal government.
He also informed that his decision to contest against the zoning arrangement of the party was not in anyway an affront on the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Dyegh, disclosed this at a media parley with the House of Representatives press corp at the weekend in Abuja and explained that he was only offering the party and his colleagues in the green chamber an option of choice.
He said: “I am not contesting for speaker to fight President Muhammadu Buhari. As you can see, I am wearing his emblem on my chest. He is a leader I cherished very much and I want to complement his audacious and ambitious efforts to transform this nation.
“President Buhari has done very well especially when you look at the infrastructure he has developed in the last four years. Look at other social programmes like the school feeding programme, this is a wonderful initiative. I wish to join hands with him and deliver good governance to Nigerians in the next four years of Next Level.
“My loyalty to the party is not in doubt; I did the party’s bidding in 2015. I worked for Femi Gbajabiamila and supported him fully. But this time around, we are giving the party an option. We are offering the party and indeed the entire members of the House a credible alternative to choose from.
“My loyalty to the party is 100 percent and I want the party to also look at what I did in the past for it.
“We are giving members of the green chamber an option to look at fair play. We are insisting that there must be justice and fairness n the House of Representatives and indeed the entire country.”
Speaking further, Dyegh who represents Gboko/Tarka federal constituency promised that if elected speaker, he would transform the lower chamber stressing that his first major task would be to strengthen the relationship between the house and the executive.
“Everybody is concerned about the constant misunderstanding between the legislature and the executive arm of government. I believe there is no harm in disagreeing in order to agree; but when it degenerates to a level that Nigerian people are left to suffer, it does not augur well for the nation,” he noted, adding:
“We intend to run a responsible house that will be anchored on the principles of separation of powers and checks and balances. We will work for Nigeria and Nigerians. Whatever decision we would take will be in the interest if the nation. We will not allow our personal biases or interests to override national interest.”
As to whether he was contemplating on withdrawing from the race, the lawmaker reaffirmed that he was still in the contest insisting that “I am very much in the race. I am contesting to win and I believe by the grace of God, victory will be ours come Tuesday.”