10th Speakership: Wase shuns APC, declares intention, says ‘it is my turn’

The deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, Idris Wase, has declared his intention of becoming the speaker of the green chamber next month.

Recalling how he shelved his ambition in the past, on Friday in Abuja, the top lawmaker, quoting President-Elect Bola Tinubu, said it is now his turn to lead the lower chamber.

“I was deputy to Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila as Minority Leader and in 2015 I had more than 75 per cent endowment to be a leader. But I was asked to step down and I obliged,” Mr Wase recalled.

“In 2019, I felt I should go for speaker but again the party leaders said I should step down for Femi Gbajabiamila and I obliged even though I had the endorsement to go through and we then ran a joint campaign.

“These are part of the sacrifices I have made and in the words of my leader, President-elect, Sen. Bola Tinubu, I say, ’emilokan’- it is my turn,” he added.

He promised a strong and independent parliament, with law and order as well as strong legislative oversight, if elected speaker.

With the declaration of Mr Wase who is from the North Central geo-political zone, he joins the growing list of aspirants eyeing the position against the national assembly micro-zoning formula of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) which he belongs to.