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The aspirant for the position of Speaker of the 10th House of Representatives, Rep. Muktar Betara, on Tuesday held a closed door meeting with President-elect Bola Tinubu, the former’s campaign team said.
Mr. Betara, who represents Biu/Bayo/Shani and Kwaya Kusar Federal Constituencies in Borno, has pledged support for his speakership ambition with party members, elected members of the House of Representatives, former lawmakers and other stakeholders.
Information about the meeting was contained in a statement issued by the Betara Campaign Media Office in Abuja on Wednesday, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. Mr. Tinubu’s spokespersons were yet to comment on the meeting at the time of filing this report.
“Betara’s campaign and the consultation with the presidential candidate is one of the consultations that started in the last three months before the inauguration in June.
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“Beta, who is currently the head of the Appropriations Committee of the House of Representatives, earlier, shortly after some photo sessions, exchanged warm greetings with the Commander-in-Chief who arrived.
“Betera’s consultation visit to the President-elect took place at the new official headquarters of the Defense House in Abuja, after the latter returned from vacation and the lesser Muslim Hajj in Saudi Arabia,” the campaign office said.
He did not disclose the details of what the two men argued.
PREMIUM TIMES reported that although Mr. Betara is the leading contender for the Speaker of the House, he is from the same region and state as Vice Speaker-elect Kashim Shettima, a factor that may work against him.
Messrs. Tinubu, Shettima and Betara are members of the APC, Nigeria’s ruling party that won the most seats in the next parliament to be inaugurated in June.
The party, however, is expected to zone the parliamentary leadership positions; likely to different regions from the South-West, where Mr. Tinubu is, and the North-East, where Mr. Shettima is.
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