- The speakership ambition of Femi Gbajabiamila is reportedly boosted as he is endorsed by 60 opposition members
- The opposition members of the House of Representatives believe Gbajabiamila is truly qualified to lead its ninth session
- The members also believe that Gbajabiamila is better positioned since he has been endorsed by President Muhammadu Buhari
At least 60 opposition members of the House of Representatives have reportedly endorsed Femi Gbajabiamila for the speakership of the ninth House of Representatives.
Also endorsed was Ahmed Idris Wase as the deputy to Gbajabiamila.
The Nation reports that most of these opposition members consist of lawmakers returning and those newly elected.
The report said these opposition members come under the group ‘Ninth Assembly Progressives’ and led by a ranking member of the House, Oluwole Oke, who represents Obokun/Oriade federal constituency, Osun state.
A statement released by the group explained the endorsement of Gbajabiamila and Wase adding that it was stimulated by a number of reasons.
“First, in mature democracies with entrenched legislative traditions, the moment there is a leadership vacuum, the leader of a majority party in the legislature automatically assumes headship of that House. Examples abound, including the recent speakership of Nancy Pelosi (in the United States of America.
“For this reason and in order for us to deepen the progressive values in the National Assembly, we, the Ninth Assembly Progressives, have adopted the joint ticket of Gbajabiamila/ Wase in the speakership race.
“Second, the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, who doubles as the Leader of Gbajabiamila’s party, has nominated him for the speakership position, deeming him as a man that will foster peace, unity and prosperity throughout the Ninth Assembly,” the statement said.
The group added that endorsing and voting for Gbajabiamila is an endorsement and vote for a smooth and productive working relationship between the executive and the legislature in the new government.
“Third, Gbajabiamila is the most experienced and prepared candidate in the current speakership race.
“Fourth, since becoming a member in 2003, Femi has sponsored some of the most critical bills that have been debated on the floor of the House of Representatives. Some of his bills were pivotal and contributed to the amendment of the 1999 constitution,” the statement said.
Legit.ng earlier reported that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) recently denied endorsing Femi Gbajabiamila for the position of speaker.
In a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday, June 5, the PDP minority leader, Leo Ogor, emphasised that while the caucus has directed its members to participate in meetings and strategy sessions of the APC speakership aspirants, they never directed them to consider voting for any of the aspirants.
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