Members of the House of Representative today defiled the wish of the ruling People’s Democratic Party to elect Aminu Tambuwal as its speaker. He was elected alongside Emeka Ihedioha, his deputy.
Mr Tambuwal was elected by a simple majority vote 252 members on Monday amidst cheers during the inauguration of the seventh session of the House of Representatives. His election brought an end to a long draw battle for the position occasioned by a controversial zoning of the Speakership to Nigeria’s South West by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He has since been sworn in for the office by the Clerk of the National Assembly, Salisu Maikasuwa, after which the gavel was handed in to the joyous speaker before he climbed into his official seat.
The House, for weeks, was hotbed of intrigues, allegations and counter allegations, with many members vowing to disrupt the party formula by electing from outside the region.
Before the Monday elections, members of the party and opposition lawmakers, questioned the PDP zoning structure and vowed to remain defiant by pushing for a candidate independently chosen by the House.
He got the votes of more than half of the 220 members of the House of Representatives are from his party, PDP, and a great percentage of votes from the 140 members from the opposition parties.
Aminu Waziri Tambuwwal, 43, represents Kebbe/Tambuwal Federal Constituency, Sokoto State in the House of Reps. Hewas the Deputy Majority Whip in the previous house and is from the North West, zone of the current vice president. He has an alliance with Emeka Ihedioha, the Chief Whip of the former House who will be voted as his deputy.
The party, including the presidency, had favoured the emergence of relatively less known member, Mulikat Akande-Adeola, from the South West. She however could not garner the support of her colleagues who showed preference for Mr Tambuwal.
Ms. Akande got 90 votes in the open secret ballot votes adopted by the House in electing its speaker.
The election of Tambuwal as speaker enthrones democracy in the national assembly but deletes the predominantly opposition South West region from the political office arrangement of the ruling PDP.