North West Reps endorse Dogara as Speaker
A member of the forum, Nasiru Baballe Ila (APC), Kano), who made this known in a statement in Abuja yesterday said Dogara remains the choice of majority of House of Representatives members.
Ila stated that Dogara remains the most qualified person for the position of speaker because he possesses qualities of a good leader.
The lawmaker who represents Tarauni Federal Constituency of Kano State said: “We in the House believe in consolidation. The current leadership of Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has stabilised the House and given it a name.
“We cannot afford to go back on this and that is why we must ensure that only people of like minds such as Dogara are elected into leadership positions in the 8th Assembly.
“Electing Dogara as speaker will unite the people of northern Nigeria who are of different ethnic groups and religion. We want to make sure that we go back to the good old days when we coexisted as one people in the north in the days of our forefathers.
“The late Sardauna of Sokoto of blessed memory united the north as one indivisible entity and since his demise we have not been able to continue on that noble path. Now, history beckons, and a golden opportunity is in our hands to correct the many wrongs of the past by electing someone with impeccable character and proven integrity as our speaker.
“Electing a northern Christian as speaker will give a sense of belonging to our Christian brethren that we are one people and they too can become anything in a united Nigeria. More than ever before, our people have been divided along ethnic and religious lines. We must correct this.
“The 2015 elections have demonstrated that we still can bury our differences and work together as one people. For the records, Dogara was among the first set of 37 members who defected to the APC in 2013, even though his governor was in Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and his constituency was a PDP stronghold and at the risk of losing his seat.
“He convinced his people to join the APC and they did. He, at a time was even ready to sacrifice his position so that General Muhammadu Buhari will be elected President. We must reciprocate this by rallying behind this young gentleman as our speaker.
“By ranking he has got cognate legislative experience and his 22 years legal practice readily comes to mind. He has held sensitive positions in the House since 2007 and has discharged his duties effectively.
“He is incorruptible and credible. Our president-elect need people like Dogara to work with and bring about the much needed change in Nigeria.”