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01042019 - REPS SPEAKERSHIP: Intrigues, tension as 17 jostle

01042019 - REPS SPEAKERSHIP: Intrigues, tension as 17

18 coys flaw Stock Exchange post listing conditions INSIDE PSC promotes 8,916 officers including 3 AIGs 9 Fidelity Bank grows profit by 30.6% to N25bn 22 ZAMFARA GUBER: Shinkafi asks tribunal to order fresh polls without APC candidate 15 VOL. 26: NO. 63776 REPS SPEAKERSHIP: RE-ELECTION THANKSGIVING SERVICE... MONDAY, APRIL 1, 2019 Intrigues, tension as 17 jostle •Gbaja joins race, rallies PDP, APGA, AA, others •South members adopt him, S-East APC scribes kick •Imo CAN opposes Muslim/Muslim leadership ticket •North-Central seeks position, presents candidates By Clifford Ndujihe, Emman Ovuakporie, Levinus Nwabughiogu, Alemma-Ozioruva Aliu, Dennis Agbo & Chinonso Alozie ABUJA—THE battle for the speakership of the 9th House of Representatives took a nervy dimension, yesterday, as more people joined the race bringing the number of people jostling for the seat to 17. On a day that out-going Majority Leader, Mr. Femi Gabjabiamila, formally joined the race, the North-Central zone also put its foot forward for the prime position, arguing that the zone has never produced Speaker or Deputy Speaker since the return of civil rule in 1999. Some leaders of the zone said North-Central deserves to produce the From the left: Wife of former Head of State, Mrs. Victoria Gowon; former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (Retd); Vice President Yemi Osinbajio; his wife, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo; the SGF, Mr. Boss Mustapher; and his wife, Mrs. Boss Mustapher; the Head of Service, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita; the Minister of Budget and Planning, Senator Udo Udoma; his wife, Mrs. Udoma; President, Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Samson Ayokunle and the Primate of All Nigeria Anglican Communion, His Grace, Archbishop Nicholas Okoh, during the Special Interdenominational Church Thanksgiving Service to mark the reelection of President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House Conference Centre, Presidential Villa, Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Abayomi Adeshida. Group condemns re-arrest of journalist, Jones Abiri 9 ZAMFARA APC PRIMARIES: Yari has offended God, put Zamfara 43 Steer clear of Rivers, PDP warns Nigerians now 6th most miserable people globally — Report 9 people to shame —Sen Marafa Malami 9 COLUMNISTS OWEI LAKEMFA SOBOWALE HENRY BOYO 33 31 32 Continues on Page 5 Mr & Mrs

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