The controversy trailing the race for the speakership of the 10th House of Representatives has split the minority caucus.

This became visible when a faction known as the minority parties forum adopted the APC consensus candidates, Tajudeen Abass and Benjamin Kalu for speaker and deputy speaker.

The minority parties forum at the meeting attended by 68 members settled for Abass and Kalu sequel to a motion moved by Tijani Abdulkadir of the NNPP from Kano state and seconded by Agbodike Pascal of APGA from Anambra state.

The leader of the forum, Iduma Igariwey of the PDP from Ebonyi state, affirmed the adoption of the APC-backed lawmakers for speaker and deputy speaker.

Igariwey said the decision would be discussed in the next few days by the larger caucus of the minority parties.

On the other hand, the spokesperson of the other faction, Afam Ogene, at a meeting in Abuja said they would no longer contest for the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker of the incoming 10th National Assembly.

This according to him was because no one has presented himself/herself for the offices.

Ogene revealed that they have also met with those aspiring for the position of Speaker of the House of Representatives but because they have not briefed their members, he will not go into details of the interface.

FRCN Abuja / Titilayo Kupoliyi

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