- Olajide Olatubosun has debunked reports that he promised to fight his party, APC, till the end
- The lawmaker said he never dropped out of the race for the position of speakership of the House of Representatives
- Olatubosun said he would continue to remain focused in the race for the speaker of the 9th lower chambers
A member of the House of Representatives, Olajide Olatubosun, has said he would continue to remain focused in the race for the speaker of the 9th lower chambers.
Olatubosun who represents Saki west/Saki e/Atisbo federal constituency and also who is a frontline contender in the race for speakership said he will not be distracted by all antics employed by his detractors.
The lawmaker reacting to a report claiming he would 'fight' his party, the All Progressives Party (APC), the platform on which he got re-elected into the House for a second term, Olatubosun said the piece may have been sponsored by his detractors.
He alleged that some persons who are uncomfortable with the growing support he was getting from his colleagues ahead of the June 11th speakership election were hell bent on discrediting him.
According to him, at no time in his interaction with the media did he say that he would fight his party (APC) insisting that what he has always maintained is that considering the provision of Section 50 (1b) of the 1999 Constitution as amended, all elected members of the House are eligible to contest the position of the Speaker.
The lawmaker said: "The report is totally misleading. I was misquoted on purpose. It's part of the plots hatched by my detractors to distract me and place me on collision course with my party."
"The plot is to build controversies around my person with a view to frustrating me out if the race. But it won't work; I won't be distracted.
Stating that everyone understands the provision of Section 50(1b), Olatubosun said that all lawmakers with the ambition to become speaker of the House are working round the clock to woo their colleagues for support.
"At no time did I say I would fight anybody talk less the APC which provided me the platform to return to the House.
"For the purpose of clarification, what I said was that all eligible candidates should be allowed to contest the speakership and whoever emerges at the end of the day would be supported by all members to steer the affairs of the House.
"This is not the first time they are coming with negative insinuation against me. Only recently I was asked whether I was under pressure from the EFCC to drop my ambition. What's my business with the EFCC? I've been a private sector man all my life. I understand where they are coming from. This plot too shall fail," the lawmaker added.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has been asked to bar Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila from contesting for the position of Speaker in the incoming 9th National Assembly.
The court was specifically asked not to allow the lawmaker to stand for the speakership election, on the allegation that he was convicted for fraud to the tune of $25,000 which he allegedly failed to disburse to his then client in 2003 in United States, where he was practicing as a lawyer.
The plaintiff in the matter, Philip Undie, joined the House of Representatives, Attorney General of the Federation and the All Progressive Congress (APC) as defendants in the suit against Gbajabiamila.
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