Monday, March 4, 2024

NASS: Why I contested for Speakership against party’s will – Wase explains

The immediate past Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives and lawmaker representing Wase Federal Constituency, Ahmed Wase, on Wednesday morning, congratulated Hon Tajudeen Abbas on his emergence as Speaker of the House.

Wase, who contested against Abbas, while thanking members who voted for him, those who did not and others who wanted him but voted for someone else, also explained why he contested for the office of Speaker despite the choice of Abbas by his party, the All Progressives Congress {APC}.

Wase, in a statement issued on Wednesday, said: “I wish to extend my sincere congratulations to Rt. Hon. Tajudeen Abbas and Rt. Hon. Benjamin Okezie Kalu on their election as Speaker and Deputy Speaker respectively of the 10th House of Representatives.

“Although we were on different sides of the political space, we have, nevertheless, always acknowledged that we were all partners in the project of deepening our parliamentary democracy.

“I believe my contest in this speakership election was much more about making a case for what I considered a lack of equity and fairness in the manner in which my party’s zoning was done much more than it was about winning.

“As a politician who has been engaging in elections since 2007 and has returned to the House for the 5th term, I verily understand that every contest must generate its necessary contentions. However, in the end, we have to come together to confront the bigger matters of stability of the Parliament and enriching Legislative Governance to deepen our collective democracy.”

Wase further said that he intends to “fervently and actively” participate in all legislative business of the 10th Assembly and would continue to proudly represent not only Wase Federal Constituency in Plateau State but Nigerians at large.”

“I thank those who voted for me. I thank those who did not vote for me. I thank those who voted my opponent even when their heart was with me,” the lawmaker added.

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