A ballot box filled with ballot is pictured before being counted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at a polling station in Yenagoa in Bayelsa State ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Abuja - A group of incoming lawmakers in the House of Representatives have formed a group called New House of Reps Members Forum, reports Punch.
The group was formed to thwart attempts by the leadership of both the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to impose a Speaker on them.
The group, which met in Abuja on Wednesday, said the era of allowing godfathers or party leaders to determine those that will emerge as principal officers was over.
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Leader of the group and Rep-elect from Niger State, Mahmud Mohammed, who spoke on behalf of other members during a press conference, noted that the group is not happy with the current spate of unconfirmed endorsements and rebuttals by supporters of different aspirants for the position of Speaker.
The new group, which boasts of over 200 members, urged the various party leaders to maintain some distance in the emergence of principal members of the House of Representatives.
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