OrderPaperToday – The race for speaker of the 9th House of Representatives was was taken to another dimension as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus grilled four contestant for the seat of Speaker.
Those interviewed on Wednesday were Mr. John Dyegh (APC, Benue), Mohammed Umar Bago (APC, Niger), Nkeiruka Onyejeocha (APC, Abia), Emeka Nwajuiba (Accord Party, Imo), and Olajide Olatunbosun (APC, Oyo).
First to be interrogated was John Dyegh who promised that if elected speaker, he will pursue the amendment of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) to ensure extension of the current four-year tenure to six years for legislators.
Dyegh said he would initiate evidence-based legislations by ensuring enhanced capacity and improved welfare of legislators and legislative support services through training and retraining to enable the 9th National Assembly pass national priority bills in critical sectors such as security, employment and productivity, power and agriculture.
In his presentation before the caucus, Mr. Bago promised to allocate committees equally between the APC and opposition parties in a proportionate manner.
On her part, Onyejeocha promised to run all-inclusive leadership where all the members of the House shall be carried along.
According to her, the relationship between the executive, legislature and judiciary shall be cordial if she is given the opportunity to lead the House.
On his part, Mr. Olatunbosun called on members to rise up and save Nigeria’s democracy from forces that want to dominate the nation’s polity.
He said “our democracy is at risk and we must stand to be counted and rescue it from forces bent on appropriating it to their selfish ends.”
He continued:”We are united by a common destiny and we don’t want the House to be controlled by external forces. We run three tiers of government and we must not allow ourselves to be cowed.”
Similarly, Emeka Nwajuiba promised to engage the executive and try to build a cordial and sustainable relationship.