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Gbajabiamila; Bent On Leading The Reps

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Nigeria News takes a look at Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila as 16 other members join in the race to house speakership.

The Majority Leader, Federal House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila is 56 but has just been elected for the fifth time to represent Surulere II constituency, Lagos State.

He joined other 16 members of the house who are equally seeking the speakership seat of the green chamber this weekend. Gbajabiamila lost to the incumbent Speaker, Yakubu Dogara about four years ago in a keenly contested election by the federal lawmakers.

Among the 17 aspirants for this seat, only Dogara is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), having defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) last year.

While declaring his interest for the seat this weekend, Gbajabiamila said that he would use the position to prepare the younger generation for leadership positions if elected. He also stated that he would be running an open door policy to help democracy grow and enable national development.

But he is seen as one of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s errand boy and that his mission goes beyond leading the lower chamber of the National Assembly but a political permutation to serve the interest of the former Lagos State Governor, Tinubu.

Recalled that the National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole unilaterally announced that Ahmad Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila had been chosen by the leadership of the party to lead the ninth NASS as the president of the Senate and Speaker respectively.

Oshiomhole’s stance was mild compared to the statement credited to Tinubu that whosoever that would not support the candidacy of the two could leave the party.

The statements of these two leaders did not go down well with many of the party members, some of whom had now come up with their own candidates to contest the position.

The APC southeast had kicked against the nomination of Gbajabiamila and presently rooting for PDP Dogara. The southeast APC members are of the views that the NASS leadership should be positioned along religious factor. That it should not be Muslim/Muslim ticket of Lawan and Gbajabiamila.

Their argument is that if the Senate concedes to Lawa, then a Christian should emerge as the House of Representatives Speaker.

The southwest lawmakers have all thrown their weight behind Gbajabiamila but there are some other forces from the Northcentral who believe that the position should go to the zone going by their performance in the last general election.

They said that the southwest where Gbajabiamila has emerged failed to give enough votes to the APC in the last election and when compared to the northern zones, the speaker should not come from the south.

However, Gbajabiamila is bent on leading the House of Representatives and has got the endorsement of the party leadership.

Commenting on this, the former Minister of Aviation, a PDP chieftain, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode is of the view that Gbajabiamila has what it takes to lead the lawmakers.

To him, Gbajabaimila is a selfless, detribalized and intelligent Nigerian that can provide quality leadership for the house. He said he had known Gbajabiamila for over 40 years and could vouch for his capacity.

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