By Eseoghene Emuke
An All Progressives Congress House of Representatives Member-elect for Ughelli North, Ughelli South and Udu Federal Constituency, Rev. Francis Waive has called on members-elect in the 9th National Assembly to support the tickets of Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila and Hon. Ahemd Idris Wase for Speaker and Deputy Speaker seats come June 7th, 2019.
Rev. Waive, who is the Vice Chairman (South) of the APC House of Representatives’ Members-Elect, urged members to look out for competence and character while making choices for the leadership of the House.
In a statement issued on Thursday by the cleric, who is the only House of Representatives member-elect on the platform of the APC, called on the incoming federal lawmakers irrespective of political affiliation to pick Gbajabiamila as speaker in the interest of national development.
He noted that, “what should be the major consideration in choosing the leadership of the House in the 9th Assembly should be competency, experience and broadmindedness, rather than religious or ethnicity.”
According to him, “I think we should chose our leaders based on their competency, character and experience if we must get it right in the 9th Assembly, rather than reducing the race to religious or ethnic one, at the National Assembly we should be thinking on what bound us together as Nigeria, and not what divides us as a Nation.
“Gbajabiamila and Wase cumulatively has over 20 years experience in the House of Rep, they are competent and they have being a stabilising factor in the House of Rep, so supporting them will give the the 9th Assembly a strong footing in this present political dispensation.”
Waive therefore urged members-elect to put ethnic and religious sentiment aside and support the Gbajabiamila and Wase candidature and vote for them, come June 7th, 2019 when the House will be inaugurated.