Members-elect of the House of Representatives have begun the election of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker under the supervision of the Clerk to the National Assembly, Mr Mohammed Sani-Omolori.
When the roll call was taken, 358 members-elect were in attendance for the exercise.
Director-General of the Gbajabiamila Speakership Campaign Council, Mr Abdulmumin Jibrin, nominated Mr Femi Gbajabiamila for the speakership seat. The motion was seconded by Mrs Linda Ikpeazu, while Gbajabiamila accepted the nomination.
Abubakar Ahmad from Gombe State, who was booed during his speech, nominated Mr Mohammed Bago from Niger State. He described Bago as “a man with no baggage.” The motion was seconded by Mr Mark Gbillah, who said the nomination was against “an impeding autocracy.”
Bago accepted the nomination, saying, “This aspiration is not an ambition of Bago.”
Gbajabiamila is the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress, while Bago is a member of the party.