The Chairman House Committee on Appropriations, Hon Aliyu Muktar Betara, has emerged as the preferred choice to become the next Speaker, according to an opinion poll.
In the survey conducted by Parliament Inc, respondents identified Betara as their favourite to succeed Femi Gbajabiamila among other aspirants.
In a statement made public on Friday, the organisation claimed hat the Borno lawmaker was the overwhelming choice of his colleagues for the job.
The statement said that out of 200 new members interviewed, 178 voted in favour of Betara, representing almost 90 percent of the respondents.
It said while 10 votes were split among Deputy Speaker Idris Wase, Tajudeen Abbas, and Yusuf Gagdi, the remaining aspirants got zero.
The poll, however, said that two lawmakers were either undecided or refused to respond to the survey.