Rep. John Dyegh, a member of the House of Representatives contesting for the office of Speaker of the 9th Assembly, says he is still in the race.
Dyegh, representing Gboko/Tarka Federal Constituency of Benue State on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, while briefing journalists in Abuja, said he had no reason to step down for anyone.
He said: “I am still strongly in the race.
“I do not have any reason to step down for anybody and by the grace of God, I am taking it to the end.
“I am not making a show of it.
“It is not about parading numbers.
“For me, it is like evangelism, one-on-one engagement with colleagues and what members decide at the end of the day on the floor is what will be.”
Dyegh said paramount in his agenda, if elected as speaker, was making the financing and expenditure of the House public.
The lawmaker said the independence of the legislature without friction with other arms was also paramount in his agenda.
According to him, since public funds are used to finance government, there is the need for the people to know the details as a matter of right.
Dyegh said that there would be a deeper oversight function under his watch as he would ensure all committees fully undertake the function by strengthening them.
He noted that it was not right for the Executive to dictate for the Legislature, neither was it acceptable for any party to dictate who heads House Committees.
According to him: “Headship of committees should be determined by experience and competence and not by political affiliations or creed.”
The election, which is expected to hold on June 11, has Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila (APC-Lagos), Rep. Umar Bago (APC-Niger), Rep. Nkiruka Onyejeocha (APC-Abuja) and Rep. Olajide Olatubosun (APC-Oyo) among others as contenders.
The All Progressives Congress has, however, zoned the office of the Speaker to the South West and endorsed Gbajabiamila for the office.