9th assembly: Arewa youths kick against Gbajabiamila’s candidature

9th assembly: Arewa youths kick against Gbajabiamila’s candidature

- The candidature of Femi Gbajabiamila for the House of Representatives speakership has been faulted by Arewa youths

- The youths disclosed that Gbajabiamila is not the best option for the position

- The Ohaneze Ndigbo earlier accused the lawmaker of becoming a Muslim for political reasons

A northern group under the umbrella of Arewa Youth Awareness Forum has condemned the candidature of Femi Gbajabiamila for the House of Representatives speakership.

Daily Sun reports that the chairman of the group, Mohammed S. Kabir, in a statement said the future of the north and President Buhari’s second term is at political risk with Gbajabiamila as the speaker of the 9th assembly.

The statement said: “Again, we repeat that Gbajabiamila is not the best option for Arewa future interest or that of the Buhari presidency; it remains very risky for President Buhari, north and the entire federation when one godfather is remotely in control of offices of the vice president, ruling party chairman, Senate president and speaker of the House of Representatives.

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“In recent days, the mass media has been awash with planted stories projecting unreal optimism about Gbajabiamila’s speakership aspirations but the most laughable and illogical one was the one by a so-called ‘Gbaja for speaker’ coalition that toed the usual line of fantasy.

“While we are not drumming support for any political party or candidate, we note the overboard jubilation that mere political statements of ‘support’ has spurred for the Gbaja project but we passionately urge all northern governors, members of the House representing various northern states to tread very carefully on Gbajabiamila’s candidature."

The group said all federal legislators must cautiously consider the denials of a 2023 agenda and the strong likelihood of putting Buhari under circumstances similar to that of Governor Ambode.

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“It is the firm belief of all right-thinking citizens that on June 11 when members of the House of Representatives meet to decide on the leadership of the House, Nigerians will see the phantasmagorical majority that Gbajabiamila and his backers are boasting of, and the flight of fantasy that they are cruising on, will touch down and hit reality," the group added.

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Ohaneze Ndigbo criticised Gbajabiamila for attending the lesser Hajj, claiming he changed his religion for political reasons.

Ohaneze said: “Femi Gbajabiamila, a born again Christian turned into Muslim for political reasons is dangerous to our democracy.

“Although people have a right to change their religion, the sudden change from a Christian to a Muslim and his umrah journey to Mecca just to be Speaker is a bad omen. Can we trust such a character who can change his faith for power sake?”

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