Gbajabiamila compensates 15 speakership aspirants with committee jobs

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Most of the speakership aspirants in the Ninth House of Representatives have been made either principal officers or chairmen of standing committees, it was observed. Some of them were appointed into special committees. About 20 members of the House had nursed the ambition to become speaker, most of whom eventually stepped down for the then majority leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, who is now the Speaker.

Fifteen of them have been given various appointments under the new leadership. The presiding officers of the House emerged on June 11 when the National Assembly was inaugurated. Gbajabiamila was elected Speaker while Idris Wase, who was the deputy majority leader in the Eighth House, emerged the deputy speaker. It was learnt that no fewer than 15 of those who were in the speakership race benefited from the appointments. Speakership aspirants, who are now part of the leadership of the House, include Idris Wase, the deputy speaker, and Alhassan Ado-Doguwa the majority leader.

The caucus also named Mohammed Monguno (APC, Borno) as the chief whip and Nkeiruka Onyejeocha (APC, Abia) as deputy majority whip. Those who got committee appointments include Mohammed Bago, who was the only aspirant that contested against Gbajabimila but lost by 76 to 281 votes. He is now chairman, Committee on Co-Operation and Integration in Africa. John Dyegh, who stepped down for Gbajabiamila on the eve of the speakership election, emerged as chairman, House Committee on Human Rights.

Other speakership aspirants appointed chairmen of committees are Muktar Betara (Borno), Committee on Appropriations; Khadijat Bukar-Ibrahim (Yobe), Committee on North-East Development Commission; Abdulrazak Namdas (Adamawa), Committee on Army; Aminu Suleiman (Kano), Tertiary Education; Babangida Ibrahim (Kano), Committee on Capital Market and Institutions; Olusegun Odebunmi (Oyo), Committee on Information, National Orientation, Ethics and Values; and Gudaji Kazaure (Jigawa), Committee on Political Parties Matters.

Also on the list are Yakub Buba (Adamawa), Committee on Foreign Affairs; Abubakar Lado (Niger), Committee on Information and Communication Technology.

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