The Northwest Democratic Front, has endorsed Femi Gbajabiamila’s bid to become the Speaker of the House of Representatives in the 9th Assembly.
In a statement credited to the Chairman of the group, Abubakar Ainu, a former Sokoto State chairman of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), the endorsement is not unconnected to the legislative achievements of Gbajabiamila and years of experience as a parliamentarian.
The group also endorsed Alhaji Musa Sarkin Adar as his deputy. Gbajabiamila as a speaker and Alhaji Musa Sarkin Adar as a deputy will add more to the dynamism and the integrity of the house.
According to the statement, “On behalf of the people of the North-west, we hereby endorse the declaration of Femi Gbajabiamila to run for office of the Speaker of the 9th National Assembly.
Shedding light on their choice of Sarkin Adar as deputy, the group said he is one of the unapologetic believers in the grand ideas of President Buhari, who has not for once contemplated any distrustful act nor played against party principles, objectives and standpoint on any issue.
The group noted that Musa Sarkin Adar who represents Goronyo/Gada Federal Constituency of Sokoto state would make a competent deputy for Mr Gbajabiamila who is eminently favoured by the APC for the speakership.
Recounting some of the qualities that inform their preference for Sarkin Adar, the group said, prior to his becoming a member of the federal legislature, he has made commendable mark as Director in the Governor’s Office, Sokoto state and at the Nigerian Ports Authority where he was Personnel Manager.
“In the 2007 elections, he contested for the House of Representatives seat and won and got re-elected in 2011,” the Group said and pointed out that he spearheaded the historic move against the imposition of a Speaker in 2011 by the then ruling party.
“He also made the nomination for Emeka Ihedioha as the deputy speaker on the floor of the house and the nomination was seconded by Hon Kumo.
“In the 2015 elections, he re-contested on the platform of the APC and won,” the Group said, adding that he was Chairman, House Committee on Electoral Matters in the 6th Assembly and Chairman House Committee on Land Transport in the 7th Assembly.