Members Elect of opposition parties in the House of Representatives have vowed to contest for the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker of 10th National Assembly coming on board on May 29 2023.
In pursuance of this dream, the caucus, last month formed a coalition referred to as the “greater majority” to upstage the ruling All Progressive Congress. Currently, the minority parties put together have 183 members-elect out of the 360 that makes up the house.
The members of the caucus are made of elected law makers from People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Labour Party (LP); New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP); Africa Democratic Congress (ADC); Young People’s Party (YPP); All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and the Social Democratic Party (SDP).
In a communique issued at the end of their meeting in Abuja on Tuesday, the caucus boasted that they have the number to take over the presiding officers of the 10th National Assembly.
The communiqué which was signed by the secretary of the group, Hon. Efosa Imasuen confirmed that an 11 man committee to hunt for credible candidates for the positions has been set up.
Below is the content of their communiqué in parts:
The members resolved as follows: “To Contest the office of Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the 10th House of Representative of the National Assembly
That we have resolve to set up an eleven-man Committee to scout for a credible and acceptable candidate that would vie for those offices, and then actively seek the unification of Nigerians along ethno-religious lines.
“The Greater Majority with more than 180 elected members (being over 50%
of the elected member) will remain one indivisible coalition during the 10th
National Assembly, with the interest of the country as its driving force. That the greater Majority of the 10th National Assembly will be continually guided by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, with the collective interest of Nigerians being its major concern.
“To assure Nigerians not to lose hope due to the country’s current unpleasant
situation, including the disunity plaguing the nation, which is the direct
consequence of APC’s misrule and that the Greater majority of the incoming
10th National assembly will remedy these problems as a matter of priority. The Great majority will continue to unify the coalition of opposition parties so that it can be an effective check on the ruling party in order to safeguard the rule of law”.