A member of the House of Representatives, Mr John Dyegh, from Benue State one of the states in the North Central Geo-political zone has officially declared his intention to run for the speakership seat in the Nigerian 9th National Assembly.
This declaration is coming some hours after the ruling All Progressives Congress zoned the seat to the South-West and endorsed the Majority Leader, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, as its candidate.
President Muhammadu Buhari had hosted members-elect to a dinner on Tuesday where the deputy speaker seat was also zoned to the North-Central.
In his declaration speech, Dyegh alleged that the North-Central geopolitical zone had been marginalised in the leadership of the House since 1999.
Similarly, an aspirant from Niger State, Mr Mohammed Bago, also said aspirants from the zone would reconsider their agitation only if the APC zoned the speakership seat to another zone apart from the South-West.