Governor Nyesom Wike has said his support for Femi Gbajabiamila to emerge the 9th speaker of the House of Representatives is based on “based on capacity, not party lines.”
The governor in apparent difference with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which seems not favourably disposed to the candidature of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who was endorsed by the national leadership of the party.
However, the governor Wednesday put aside party loyalty and opted to support Gbajabiamila, who the majority leader of the house.
Speaking when the Gbajabiamila/Wase campaign team, made up of 110 lawmakers, paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House in Port Harcourt, Wike his support was beyond party line but the ability of the contestant to do the job.
The visit was part of the ongoing Gbajabiamila’s South-east/South-south campaign tour for the speaker of the House of Representatives, ahead of the inauguration of 9th Assembly on June 10.
”I don’t support you based on party lines; I support you based on capacity. “When you get there, we must work as a people; party is just a vehicle to convey you to your political destination.
“Party line is the major reason why Nigeria has not made any progress. It was the reason why our Electoral Act was not assented to,” Wike said.
Further, he urged Gbajabiamila to put Nigeria first when he emerges as the speaker of the 9th House on June 10.
Earlier, the House Leader had said he possessed the requisite leadership skills and legislative experience to successfully pilot the affairs of the 9th House.
The ongoing campaign tour of South-east/South-south zones started Tuesday in Abakaliki, Ebonyi state, through Enugu, Anambra and Imo states.
It continued Wednesday in Port Harcourt, Rivers states, and is expected to cover the six states in the South-south.
Apart from Gbajabiamila, others including Umar Bago, John Dyegh, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, and Rep Nwajuiba, are frontline runners for the post.