One of the contestants for the speakership of the 8th Assembly, Mohammed Monguno, on Tuesday voluntarily withdrew from the race.
Monguno, who is from Borno State, said he was stepping down to back the candidature of House Minority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, one of the frontline contenders.
Monguno added that he would instead join Gbajabiamila for the position of deputy speaker.
Part of a statement he issued in Abuja reads, “After broad consultations and thoughtful consideration, I have decided not to run for the office of the Speaker in the 8th Assembly.
“Instead, I give my full endorsement to my friend and colleague, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, who I believe has the requisite qualification to lead the 8th Assembly in the onerous task of addressing the important and pressing needs of the citizens of this nation.
“I will instead be running for the Deputy Speaker position on a joint ticket with Hon. Gbajabiamila.”