Members of the House of Representatives have agreed to resolve their differences over the sharing of the position of principal officers and affirmed the sharing formula earlier proposed by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara.
Rep. Pally Iriase (Edo-APC) who announced this on Saturday in Abuja at a press briefing said majority of the equity team of the APC caucus in the House accepted the positions proposed by the Speaker at a meeting, which led to the final resolution of the disagreement.
He said that in arriving at the position, members considered a letter written by the Speaker to Chief John Oyegun, APC Chairman, on July 16, in which he premised his formula on the need to comply with Federal Character in sharing the positions.
Dogara had proposed Reps. Alhassan Doguwa (APC-Kano) North-West; as House Leader and Buba Jibrin (APC-Kogi) North-Central; as Deputy Leader, Pally Iriase (APC-Edo) South-South as Chief Whip and Chika Okafor (APC-Imo) South-East as Deputy Chief Whip.
The Speaker had explained to Oyegun that by virtue of Section 13 of the Constitution, the Speaker was mandated to ensure that Section 14, (3) which deals with Federal Character was followed in appointing principal officers.
“Section 14,( 3) tells us how these bodies of government must be composed and in order to ensure inclusive, unity and fairness in the country,” Dogara had stated in the letter.
Also speaking at the briefing, Mr Abdulmumuni Jibrin,APC-Kano, North-West, said the Speaker and majority of members of the APC caucus in the House, as well as Gbajabiamila’s group supported the position.
Jibrin said that members had started collecting signatures to affirm Dogara’s formula, which according to him, has reached an advanced stage.
He said the disagreement in the House, which several people erroneously labeled as crisis, had finally come to an end.
“All other interests, including those excluded from the principal officers, specifically Gbajabiamila and Mongunu, will be duly accommodated with commensurate responsibility to serve,’’ he said.
Jibrin added that the Speaker still had about 200 positions to share out, and as such many members will have the opportunity to serve the country.