9th Assembly Tussle: In A Democratic Set Up, There Is No Favoured Candidate – Hon Lawal


Mr Abubakar Lawal has said that any move which seeks to impose leaders for the 9th National Assembly is undemocratic and inequitable. 

The lawmaker representing Yola North, Yola South and Gire in the House of Representatives made this assertion on Wednesday, while featuring as a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

Mr Lawal argued that there is need for equitable hearing in a democracy, adding that in a democratic set up, there is no favoured candidate.

His statement comes on the heels of reports that some APC members in the parliament are at variance with the choice made by the leadership of the ruling party, regarding who will lead the 9th National Assembly.

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Lawal said rather than decide on one candidate, it is important for the APC to lobby some of the other contenders and ensure that there is justice.

While further enunciating the need for horse-trading, the lawmaker was of the opinion that the party could zone the leadership of NASS, but not impose on the lawmakers who their leader will be.

Speaking about what to look out for in the choice of those who will lead the National Assembly, Lawal opined that determining characteristics include the ability to know and interpret the rules of the House, an in-depth understanding of the constitution  and the capability to carry along all members of the parliament, in a way that makes every member feel fairly treated.

2015 AYC Qualifier: Flying Eagles Name 25-man Squad For Lesotho Clash

flying eaglesNigeria’s Under-20 national football team coach, Manu Garba, has named a 25-man squad for a final 2015 African Youth Championship qualifier against Lesotho later this month.

Skipper, Musa Muhammed of Besiktas in Turkey, and Taiwo Awoniyi of Kalmar FF, Sweden, are the only overseas-based players, as the Flying Eagles would be without several of their foreign-based stars as a result of club commitments.

The Flying Eagles play Lesotho on August 16 in Kaduna for a place in the final of the 2015 AYC in Senegal in March.

The full squad:

Joshua Enaholo, Adamu Abubakar, Olorunleke Ojo, Etua Ossai Kingdom
Musa Muhammed, Ifeanyi Nweke, Mustapha Abdullahi, Zaharadden Bello, Prince Izu Omego, Adebayor Ademuluwa, Wilfred Ndidi, Sirajo Mazadu
Bernard Bulbwa, Ifeanyi Matthew, Ifeanyi Ifeanyi, Chizom Eze, Akinjide Idowu, Clement Ogbobe, Abdullahi Alfa, Obinna Nwobodo
Taiwo Awoniyi, Sulaiman Abdullahi, Alhassan Ibrahim, Abubakar Lawal, Wasiu Jimoh.