As the race for the speakership position of the House of Representatives gets hotter, an aspirant, Honourable Abdulmumin Jibrin yesterday pledged zero tolerance for corruption if elected.
Jibrin also said he would run a transparent legislature, cut cost of governance and increase capacity building of members.
The speakership aspirant promised to give 75 percent of the committee positions to first term members in order to usher in the desired change.
He hinted that as chairman of House Committee on Finance, he had executed his work deligently without minding whose ox was gored.
The lawmaker expressed delight that the coast had been cleared with the patriotic statement from the President-elect that he would not interfere with the leadership of the National Assembly.
According to him, “My key agenda of zero tolerance for corruption, transparency in legislative business, cutting cost of governance, increase productivity and capacity building, continuity in legislative business and special attention to first term members to bring in fresh ideas and expertise will provide the necessary compliment for the incoming President.
“I have pledged to hand over 75 percent of the available positions to first term members so as to inject fresh blood and usher in the desired change.
“As chairman House Committee on Finance, I executed my work deligently without minding whose ox is gored. I stepped on many toes at a great personal risk in the course of doing the right thing. We accomplished so much as a committee and saved the government billions of naira.
“I protected the institution of the parliament. I have never visited offices of ministers or top government officials looking for favours except on oversight.
“As a first term member, with the support of Mr Speaker, I served as Chairman of Finance for four years without been accused of any wrong doing!It is this mentality and momentum that I intend to carry along as Speaker.
“With the powerful and patriotic statement from the President-elect, the coast has been cleared for competence to determine who becomes Speaker of the 8th Assembly.
“The president-elect has sent a clear signal that it will surely not be business as usual.”
Jibrin is one of the six aspirants seeking to replace Hon. Aminu Tambuwal as the next Speaker in the 8th Assembly. He is the member representing Bebeji/Jiru Federal Constituency in the lower chamber under the APC platform.

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