One hundred and sixty-four members of the ninth House of Representatives elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress have resolved to back Mr Femi Gbajabiamila for the position of a speaker.
The members-elect said they would not defy President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC on the choice of the majority leader as the next speaker.
The APC had adopted Gbajabiamila as its candidate when Buhari hosted members-elect to a dinner at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Some aspirants from the North-Central geopolitical zone had, however, dismissed the endorsement, insisting on running against Gbajabiamila for the seat.
But the forum of the newly elected APC members, in a statement on Tuesday by its Chairman, Mr Tunji Ojo; and the Director-General, Mr Dunkwu Chamberlain, said those from the North-Central rousing for the position of Speaker were not sincere.
The forum said the North could not produce both the President of the Senate and Speaker at the same time.