…By Dorcas Funmi for TDPel Media.
Former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ahmed Wase, has revealed the reasons behind his decision to contest against the preferred candidate of President Bola Tinubu and the All Progressives Congress (APC).
In a spirit of democratic unity, Wase extended his congratulations to Tajudeen Abbas, the newly elected Speaker of the House.
Victorious APC Candidates in the National Assembly Inauguration
During the inauguration of the 10th National Assembly, candidates endorsed by the ruling APC emerged victorious in both the Senate and the House, despite opposition protests.
Godswill Akpabio became the President of the Senate, defeating Abdulaziz Yari, while Jibrin Barau was elected as the Deputy President of the Senate.
Tajudeen Abbas secured the position of Speaker, with Benjamin Kalu assuming the role of Deputy Speaker.
Wase’s Concession and Congratulatory Message
In a statement titled ’10th Assembly Speakership Contest: Concession and Congratulatory Message by Rt. Hon. Ahmed Idris Wase,’ Wase expressed his congratulations to Abbas and Kalu on their election as Speaker and Deputy Speaker respectively.
He acknowledged that despite being on different sides of the political spectrum, they were all partners in deepening parliamentary democracy.
Contesting for Equity and Fairness
Wase stated that his decision to contest in the speakership election was primarily driven by his concern regarding the lack of equity and fairness in the party’s zoning process.
He emphasized that his intention was not solely focused on winning but rather on raising awareness about the issue.
Unity and Stability of the Parliament
Wase highlighted the importance of coming together after a contest to address significant matters such as the stability of the Parliament and the enhancement of legislative governance.
He urged his supporters, well-wishers, and fellow contestants to cooperate with Abbas and Kalu to achieve a stable and united 10th House of Representatives.
Commitment to Legislative Responsibilities and Gratitude
Wase expressed his commitment to actively participating in the legislative business of the 10th Assembly, representing not only his constituency but all Nigerians.
He expressed gratitude to President Bola Tinubu for his continuous support and guidance, as well as to his constituents, campaign team, and supporters for their unwavering faith and efforts.
Appreciation for Colleagues and Unity Among Members
Wase thanked his fellow colleagues for their support and counsel, acknowledging both those who voted for him and those who did not.
He expressed deep gratitude to those who voted for his opponent, even when their hearts were with him.
He emphasized his commitment to embracing the words of Abraham Lincoln and fostering unity within the House.
Former Deputy Speaker Ahmed Wase congratulated the new House Speaker, Tajudeen Abbas, and Deputy Speaker Benjamin Kalu.
He explained his decision to contest, highlighting concerns about equity and fairness.
Wase urged cooperation among all members to achieve a stable and united 10th House of Representatives.
He expressed his commitment to legislative responsibilities and gratitude towards supporters, colleagues, and President Tinubu.
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