Aminu Tambuwal (PDP Sokoto) on Monday emerged the new speaker of the House of Representatives . He scored 252 votes to defeat his opponent, Mulikat Akande-Adeola (PDP-Oyo) who scored 90 votes. The total votes cast was 340, with eight invalid votes and one member abstaining.
Mr Tambuwal’s nomination was made by Emmanuel Jime ( PDP-Benue) and seconded by Nnenna Ukeje (PDP-Abia).
The new Speaker, 45-year-old lawyer, was elected into the House for the first term in 2003. He represents Kebbi/Tambuwal federal constituency of Sokoto State.
The election, which was conducted through an open secret- ballot system, was handled by the Clerk of the National Assembly, Salisu Maikasuwa.
Emeka Ihedioha (PDP-Imo), who was the former chief whip of the House of Representatives, was elected unopposed the Deputy Speaker.
This is the end of ‘zoning’ as we know it.
Not that it meant anything positive to the Nigerian people. I am just wondering how this will play out.
Kayode Ogundamisi brought my attention to the geographical distribution of political offices in the country.
President-SS- Vice-President NW. Senate President NC. Deputy Senate President-SE. Speaker-NW. Deputy Speaker SE.
So the South West has been completely marginalized. (What role did Tinubu play?) He could not have won without the support of CPC and of course ACN (Tinubu)
The most telling thing in this whole episode is the first proof that Jo Boy’s political capital is at the same level as mine.
Is there any hope that Jo Boy can provide the radical push and leadership to change the direction of Nigeria? e.g get the legislators to reduce their salaries?
I guess not.