Lawmakers to strike deal on Next Reps Speaker- APC, PDP

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Lawmakers of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and their Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) counterparts in the House of Representatives are working to forge an understanding before the inauguration of the 9th National Assembly.

He said the PDP lawmakers used the opportunity of the meeting to ask all aspirants for Speaker of the 9th House to outline their manifestos with the purpose of striking a deal on how sensitive positions would be shared by the two main political parties.

This was made known by the Deputy Minority Leader and spokesman of the PDP caucus in the House of Representatives, Chukwuka Onyema, who briefed reporters at the end of a meeting between the two caucuses yesterday in Abuja.

According to him, the PDP lawmakers used the opportunity of the meeting to ask all aspirants for Speaker of the 9th House to outline their manifestos with the purpose of striking a deal on how sensitive positions would be shared by the two main political parties.

Among the APC speakership aspirants who appeared before the PDP caucus at the meeting and outlined their policies if elected were Umaru Bago (APC, Niger), Nkeiruka Onyejeocha (APC, Abia) and the incumbent House Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila (APC, Lagos).

This meeting appeared to be a clear reversal on the earlier stated position of the ruling APC with regards to sharing positions in the 9th Assembly.