President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday hosted All Progressives Congress (APC) members of House of Representatives-elect to a dinner at Statehouse Conference Center.
The dinner according to a source is meant to ensure unity among the newly elected members of the National Assembly as they look forward towards electing leadership of the 9th National Assembly.
The 9th Assembly commences in June 2019.
Already, the leadership of the party had maintained that the party’s candidate must emerge as leadership of the National Assembly.
The National Chairman of APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, and the National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, at different occasion had warned their party men and women that as the party with majority, they must produce the leadership of both houses.
The party nominated Senator Ahmed Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila for the position of Senate President and Speakership respectively.
This, however, did not go down well with Former Senate leader, Ali Ndume who also declared his intention to run for the Senate Presidency despite the endorsement of the current Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan for position by the leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress.
While House spokesman Abdulrazak Namdas (APC, Adamawa), Ahmed Wase (APC, Plateau) and Umar Bago (APC, Niger) are challenging the party nominated candidate, Gbajabiamila for the speakership position.
The other challenger, Muhammad Monguno who is the current Chairman Committee on Agricultural Productions and Services, Hon. Muhammad Monguno last week withdrew from the race for Speaker of the 9th House of Representatives.
Monguno, who represents Marte/Monguno/Nganzai Federal Constituency of Borno State, said Gbajabiamila was the most qualified among all contenders