- Femi Gbajabiamila, an APC lawmaker, has been endorsed for speaker in the 9th House of Representatives
- Two PDP members of the House of Representatives endorsed APC lawmaker for the position in Abuja
- One of the lawmakers said Gbajabiamila has years of experience and understands the workings of the assembly
Two Peoples Democratic Party members of the House of Representatives on Sunday, March 31, declared support for Femi Gbajabiamila, an All Progressives Congress lawmaker, for speaker in the 9th assembly.
Reports by The Cable claimed that Wole Oke and Jerry Alagbaso from Osun and Imo states respectively endorsed Gbajabiamila for the position in Abuja.
Oke said Gbajabiamila has years of experience and understands the workings of the house of representatives.
According to him, “Femi Gbajabiamila and my good self came to the house in 2003. We have worked together and I know him in and out.
“I can’t see anybody that is more qualified than him. He understands the house rules and constitution. Aside that, he is a very fair-minded person. A networker. We from the south-west are giving you one of our best. Honestly I will be with him all through.”
Alagbaso said there is no doubt Gbajabiamila is the most qualified to replace Yakubu Dogara, current speaker of the house.
He said: “All of us know Femi Gbajabiamila but let me say, to all of you vying for speaker, I want to warn that some of you are behaving like some people promised police uniform but have started making arrests.
“My brother Femi, there is no doubt you are the most qualified to lead us, but it requires consultation. You need to see elders like us. You need to do the needful. Meet us so that all of us can work together.
“For me, I am going to support you provided, when you kill a cow, threw certain things you need to remove before sharing so that it will not cause trouble. So we need to see after this declaration.”
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Abdulmumin Jibrin, lawmaker from Kano state and director-general of Gbajabiamila campaign organisation, said the lawmaker is in the race for the interest of Nigerians.
He said: “The candidacy of Femi is not about he himself but about our democracy; it is about sanitising and strengthening our democracy and bringing about global best practices.
“Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila stands out as the best candidate we can offer for this position; experience, brilliance, ability to relate with people.”
The leadership of the PDP has said its members will contest key positions in the national assembly.
Legit.ng previously reported that he leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila (APC-Lagos), officially joined the race for the office of the Speaker of the 9th Assembly.
Gbajabiamila, in company of 170 members-elect, made his intention known on Sunday in Abuja. He said he was in the race to unite the nation and to bring good governance closer to the people.
If elected speaker, Gbajabiamila said that he would galvanise the lawmakers to make life more abundant for all Nigerians.
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