The alliance by the House Minority Leader, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila and House Committee Chairman on Finance, Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin to produce the Speaker and Deputy Speaker has finally collapsed as both parties failed to reach a consensus.
After several hours of marathon meeting at Transcorp Hlton hotel last week in Abuja, both parties could not reach an agreement on who should step down for the other.
Both lawmakers had been campaigning vigorously to occupy the coveted seat, reaching out to state caucuses and other stakeholders within and outside the National Assembly.
Both camps had invited the House Press Corps to Transcorp to brief them on the possible alliance, but after hours of waiting, the briefing was called off because they could not find a common ground.
Investigation by Nigerian Pilot Sunday revealed that the meeting was at the instance of Jibrin, who has suddenly realised that going for the Deputy Speaker could be his best bet.
His camp now wants to align with Gbajabiamila’s camp to produce the Speaker and Deputy Speaker.
Our correspondent also learnt that the alliance was as a result of the fact that South-West is most likely to produce the Speaker of the House, while the Senate President will go to the North-East.
The lawmakers in both camps had been lodged at the hotel over the weekend to deliberate and possibly arrive at a decision, but this could not materialise.
So far, about six lawmakers are in the race to occupy the number four position in the country. They are: the Minority Leader, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila (APC, Lagos); Hon. Yakubu Dogara (APC, Bauchi); Hon. Pally Iriase (APC, Edo) and Burka Goni (APC, Yobe).

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