Nigerian presidential candidate of the main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), Muhammadu Buhari and vice-presidential candidate Yemi Osinbajo attend a campaign rally on January 19, 2015 in Kaduna. Buhari will face President Goodluck Jonathan ~ CHRIS STEIN
Abuja - Former speakers of states’ Houses of Assembly in the country on Wednesday called for the inclusion of retirement benefits for them in the ongoing amendment of the 1999 Constitution.
Known as National Association of Former Speakers of States’ Houses of Assembly, the group made the call at its meeting in Abuja.
Chairman of the association, Rep. Friday Itulah, said that the demand was necessary so that the members would enjoy same benefits as heads of executive and judiciary arms of government.
Itula, who is a member of the House of Representatives, also said that the group was committed toward supporting the bid for speakership of the lower chamber of the National Assembly of Reps Pally Iriase (Edo-APC).
He explained that the association took the decision to support Iriase in its determination to contribute to deepening of democracy in the country.
According to him, Iriase has the requisite knowledge and experience needed to lead the House of Representatives in the 8th Assembly.
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"All of us are in support of any of our members becoming the speaker of the House of Representatives.
"We all know that if you have been a presiding officer at the state level, you will be able to do it better at the national level because it is the same principles that are involved.
"If you are able to carry your members along successfully at the state level, chances are that at the national level, you will be able to do it very well.
"Experience as they say is the best teacher; for us, we are in full support," Itula stated.
It would be recalled that Iriase, on Monday in Abuja, declared his intension to contest for the speakership of the 8th Assembly of the house.
The meeting was attended by 16 members from Niger, Ondo, Edo, Nasarawa, Delta, Kogi, Cross River, Sokoto, Abia, Imo, Anambra and Bauchi.