- There are reported plots against the election of Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila
- Those behind the plot are said to be making the move due to Gbajabiamila's closeness to Tinubu
- Tinubu is said to be the political godfather of the current Majority Leader of the House
A report by Tribune indicates that some northern elements are plotting against the election of Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila in his Speakership bid.
A source quoted in the report disclosed that the plot might not be unconnected with a political storm gathering against the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Gbajabiamila’s political godfather, Senator Ahmed Bola Tinubu.
Gbajabiamila, the current House Leader, is the front-runner for the Speakership seat, but the combination of zoning and godfather apron attachment is reportedly threatening his chances in the north.
Two governors on the platform of the ruling party are said to be coordinating the last-minute surprise to again thwart Gbajabiamila’s ambition.
Both governors are very close to President Muhammadu Buhari, whose support for Gbajabiamila, is perceived by the other camp as being passive.
While one of the governors is allegedly using subterfuge to relate with the Tinubu camp, the other doesn’t plainly care.
They are carrying a candidate who they plan to carry through the contest and the said candidate is not from the southern part of the country.
An ally of one of the governors said: “The battle is just beginning. You will see what they (Tinubu’s camp) will see in days ahead. We know Femi (Gbajabiamila) is just another instrument in his (Tinubu) hands.
“But we will ensure that he (Tinubu) loses all steam even before 2023. They (Tinubu’s camp) have no strategists. They don’t always know the battle to fight. You will see the real battle soon.”
Another source queried: “How much did he (Tinubu) even contribute to the election? There was even no account rendered for the money we contributed. The time is almost here for the whole truth to be told the world. What was their (Tinubu’s camp) contribution that they want to corner everything?”
It was learnt that Gbajabiamila is attracting more enemies because his aspiration is being seen as just a stepping stone for his godfather to build a nationwide network for his rumoured presidential ambition in 2023, when political power is expected to return to the southern part of the country.
Tinubu is allegedly supporting Gbajabiamila and by extension, Ahmed Lawan for Senate presidency seat to deploy supporters of the duo in the National Assembly as coordinators for his presidential project, in their constituency and senatorial domains.
Those from the lower chamber, allegedly to be known as constituency coordinators, are said to be of greater factor to the success of the project, hence the utmost importance of ramming Gbajabiamila into the Speakership seat.
Gbajabiamila, 56, gathered members-elect from across the political divides in Abuja to sell his manifestoes to them and unveil his game plan for the forthcoming election for the principal officers of the National Assembly slated for next month.
He also lavished the lawmakers-elect with gift items which included smart phones.
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