The All Progressives Congress candidate for the position of speaker for the 10th House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abbas, has reiterated his confidence that he will emerge as the next speaker of the House of Representatives.
According to The PUNCH, he stated this following his meeting with President Bola Tinubu at the Presidential Villa in Abuja which was also attended by Senator Orji Uzor Kalu who is contesting for the Senate Presidency seat.
The meeting served as a crucial precursor to the forthcoming inauguration of the 10th leadership of the National Assembly, slated to take place on June 13, 2023.
Abbas while explaining the purpose of their visit to the Presidential Villa, emphasized that it was a gesture to congratulate Tinubu on his election victory and inauguration on May 29.
Dismissing notions of a “rubber stamp” assembly, Abbas vehemently asserted that the 360 members could not be swayed to act against the national interest.
He further reassured that the autonomy of the legislature would remain uncompromised under their leadership.
Speaking confidently, Abbas stated, “My name is Hon. Tajjudeen Abbas from the National Assembly. And with me is my colleague, who, by the grace of God, come June 13, 2023, would be the next speaker insha Allah and Deputy Speaker of the 10th House of Reps of the National Assembly.
“You may recall that just two or three days ago, Mr. President, the reign of power was handed over to him on May 29. And since then, we did not have any formal interactions.
”We felt that it is expedient as the candidates of the party for the number four and number six positions, there is a need for us to formally congratulate him on behalf of all members-elect of the 10th assembly.
“But that’s just the reason why we’re here to basically congratulate Mr. President over his election and his inauguration as the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”