Fourth member of House of Representatives, Abiodun Akinlade, has declared to run for deputy Speaker.
This is coming on heels of feelers the position may have been zoned to Southwest.
Some members-elect have prevailed on Akinlade to vie for it, being a high ranking member from Southwest.
Akinlade, representing Egbado South/Ipokia/Federal Constituency of Ogun State chaired Committee on Science and Technology in the Sixth and Seventh Assembly.
He was a foundation member and National Officer of Southwest Agenda for Asiwaju (SWAGA), a group which worked for victory of Tinubu.
The lawmaker, former Special Adviser to former deputy Speaker of House of Representatives, once contested governorship of Ogun State.
Some former National Assembly members have posited there should not be zoning of legislative positions with those of executive following a one-day sensitisation with state assembly members-elect in Jos, Plateau State
The ex-lawmakers called on leadership of parties not to interfere with election of leadership of National Assembly.
A communique at the end of the meeting noted executive offices are different from legislative positions.
It was signed by Golu Timothy, former chief whip of Plateau Assembly and member of Eighth House of Representatives.
They argued legislative positions must be based on merit.
The former lawmakers hailed members-elect, especially those of House of Representatives, for their support for Aliyu Muktar Betara for the Speakership of 10th Assembly, saying the fifth term legislator from Borno State has done well to deserve such support