About a hundred members of the House of Representatives from across party lines yesterday rallied support for Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila who for the second time is attempting to become speaker.
One after another, the lawmakers described Gbajabiamila who formally declared his interest for the job in Abuja as the most suitable person for the Ninth House of Representatives. The legislators comprising both returning and newly elected members praised his leadership qualities as House Minority and Majority Leader within the last 16 years.
The Director General of Gbajabiamila’s campaign organisation, Dr Abdulmumini Jibrin, said it would be apt to elect Gbajabiamila since the APC has the majority in the House. He stressed the need to adhere to the dictates of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on the choice of Gbajabiamila.
He said that by doing so, the mistakes of 2011 and 2015 when opposition members influenced the election of principal officers of the National Assembly would be averted. Jibrin warned rivals of the bid against mudslinging and blackmail, promising to woo all House members to ensure Gbajabiamila’s emergence.
Mohammed Tahir Monguno, a fourth-term lawmaker from Borno State who read Gbajabiamila’s citation, also argued that supporting Gbajabiamila is in line with global best practices.
To prove his point, he made reference to the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi who served as both minority and majority leader of the Democratic Party.