The majority leader of the house of representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has been adopted as the All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate for the position of speaker in the 9th assembly.
The party made this decision after an intensive deliberation between the party’s house of representatives members-elect at a dinner with President Muhammadu Buhari at the banquet hall of the presidential villa in Abuja.
Those in attendance include; dinner Adams Oshiomhole, the APC national chairman, and some other chieftains of the party.
The APC spokesman, Lanre Issa-Onilu, in a statement issued on Tuesday, also revealed that the party has zoned the position of deputy speaker to the north-central.
The APC is expected to produce next crop of leaders in the incoming assembly after emerging majority party in the two legislative chambers.
Issa-Onilu said: “The APC has adopted Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila as its candidate for the position of the Speaker of the House of Representatives in the 9th Assembly.
“This position was reached after an intensive deliberation with the APC’s House of Representatives members-elect at a dinner with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Banquet Hall of Aso Villa.
“The Deputy Speaker position has been zoned to the North-Central.”
Gbajabiamila was the party’s candidate for the position in 2015 but lost to Yakubu Dogara.