The lawmaker representing Oyo federal constituency in the house of representatives, Hon. Akeem Adeyemi, is confident Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila will succeed Hon. Yakubu Dogara as speaker of the green chambers of the National Assembly.
“By the grace of God, I am not only confident; I am sure that Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, the most vibrant, one of the most experienced House of Representatives members, with the highest number of bills and the highest number of contributions, a former minority leader and now Leader of House, will emerge as the next speaker of the House of Representatives, Skimeh said in an interview with Nigerian Tribune.
According to Skimeh, as Adeyemi is fondly called, the decision of the party to endorse the 5th lawmaker for the position is acceptable to the generality of All Progressives Congress, APC, members-elect.
He further explained that “already, before his endorsement, the speakership ambition of Hon. Gbajabiamila ambition has been a joint task; the members of other political parties elected to the House of Representatives in the AA, ADC, SDP and even some members of PDP, have already aligned with the candidature of Gbajabiamila. So, the endorsement is a welcome development. As the South-West coordinator of Hon. Gbajabiamila for speaker, I am gladdened by the party’s position and we will continue to work towards seeing that the vision materialises when the ninth National Assembly is inaugurated in June.”
Noting that a lawmaker from the North Central part of the country would deputise Gbajabiamila, he said that some lawmakers who also have interest in the speakership position are already aligning with the party.
This is just as he added that “The number of dissidents and those that will work with them from the opposition will not be enough to thwart the vision of the APC to have Gbajabiamila as speaker. We are working against that.”