9th assembly leadership: Yahaya Bello endorses Lawan, Gbajabiamila

9th assembly leadership: Yahaya Bello endorses Lawan, Gbajabiamila

- Governor Yahaya Bello visited the APC national leader, Bola Tinubu, in Lagos

- The Kogi governor during the visitation announced his endorsement of Ahmed Lawan and Hon Femi Gbajabiamila to head the 9th National Assembly

- Bello said the two candidates who APC's favourites are experienced and qualified to lead the National Assembly

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state has declared his support for the endorsement of Senator Ahmed Lawan and Hon Femi Gbajabiamila to head the 9th Senate and House of Representatives respectively.

According to Vanguard, Governor Bello made this known when he visited the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu in Lagos.

The Kogi governor said the decision of the party remains his position on the next National Assembly leadership, adding that both Lawan and Gbajabiamila are experienced and qualified to lead the National Assembly.

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He said: “You are our national leader and we are your children. You have set the agenda and we shall ensure we make it a reality.

“I supported Hon Gbajabiamila in 2015 but it was unfortunate that we lost out. This time around, we shall make sure the decision of the party prevails by electing the two of them to work with Mr President to move the nation forward.

“We have two senators-elect from my state and seven House of Representatives members-elect. They will listen to us. Even the two others who are in ADC and PDP will be lobbied to support us”.

Governor Bello reiterated that his loyalty to the party and the national leader is not in doubt and that he will continue to build the party in Kogi state.

Meanwhile, a reliable source who is an aide of the governor reportedly said the meeting with Tinubu was successful.

“It was a successful meeting. I am aware the governor has told the two senators-elect and the seven Reps-elect to support both Lawan and Gbajabiamila and they have pledged to do so.

“Asiwaju thanked the governor for being a true party man and assured him of the party’s determination to retain Kogi in November. Asiwaju said the performance of the governor in the 2019 general elections was excellent and urged him to continue to pull everyone together for the greatness of the state,” he said.

Asked whether Tinubu will support Bello's re-election, the source said APC is known for rewarding excellent performance.

He said: “The governor has done well politically and administratively. He will enjoy the support of all party leaders."

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that five governors from the southwest advocated support for Gbajabiamila to become the speaker in the ninth National Assembly.

The governors on Tuesday night, April 30, met with over 90% of all members-elect from the region cutting across all political parties from the region.

The meeting was held at the Abuja residence of Ekiti state governor, Kayode Fayemi.

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