The Speaker of the National House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, and some lawmakers-elect on Monday vowed to resist imposition of candidates by political parties.
The lawmakers said that they would protect the sanctity and independence of the legislature by electing the leaders of their choice.
Dogara said that since 1999, history had shown that any candidate endorsed by political parties as presiding officer was usually rejected.
“Leadership is something that emerges from people. Some of us who have gone through the process know how it is done. My advice is that we study those going in for these positions to avoid less rancour,” Dogara said.
“If you look at the history of the National Assembly, it (imposition) has never endured. The leadership selection process from outside the chamber has always been causing crisis in the Assembly,” he added.