Ahead of the resumption of the House of Representatives from recess, the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Yusuf Sulaimon Lasun, has ruled out resigning his position on the grounds that he was elected by 203 members of the lower chambers.
Speaking when he received the members of the Abuja Chapter of the Ilobu Development Union on a courtesy visit in Abuja Monday, Lasun noted that he is Deputy Speaker by election and not by appointment.
He said these following speculations that he may be pressured by his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), to tender his resignation to make room for Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila to emerge Majority Leader, and take the slot for the South West in the distribution of principal positions of the House.
“It was an election that was beamed live, and it was watched all over…having been elected Speaker, there were other 357 members who are to vote for the Deputy Speaker’s position, as at that time the Speaker can only be involved if there is a tie, so 357 participated in the election and I scored 203 votes,” he said.
“Having gone through all that, it will be difficult for anybody to want to say that as part of the solutions, part of options opened to APC now is to allow the Deputy
Speaker to resign so that there can be peace in the House,” Lasun said.
Lasun insisted that his hometown, Ilobu, has paid its dues in the progressive movement as its one of the strongholds of the Action Congress before its metamorphosis into the APC, and to therefore ask him to resign would amount to cheating the town.