Speaker, House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, yesterday declared that irrespective of his party affiliation, he will continue to commend the performance of public office holders who belong to the opposition.
He spoke in Ilawe-Ekiti, Ekiti State, during his conferment with the chieftaincy title of Bobagunwa by the Alawe of Ilawe, Oba Adebanji Ajibade Alabi, Afuntade I.
Tambuwal, it would be recalled, had his loyalty questioned recently by the Osun State chapter of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) who decried his complementary remarks about the achievements of the state governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.
But reacting yesterday to the criticism, the Speaker said: “I was criticised for commending Osun State governor’s performance but I will always speak the truth. If somebody is doing well we have to commend such person, whether they are in the PDP, Action Congress of Nigeria or in any party.
“I am Speaker for the entire House of Representatives and Nigerians and not only of the PDP. Once you are elected to the House, you represent the aggregate views of the people” he stressed.
Tambuwal, who was elated about the honour done him by the Ilawe-Ekiti community, promised to build his first house in the Southwest there.
“I accept the honour and shall never discredit it. I want to inform us that I will build my first house in the Southwest part of this country in Ilawe-Ekiti for the great respect I attach to the honour done me here today,” he said and admonished Governor Kayode Fayemi to sustain the “good works he has been doing in the state.”
“Development is an open process which everyone sees wherever and whenever it is taking place. I have been following the development and I can say the governor is one of the few Nigerians whose conducts have been commendable. I admonish you (the governor) to continue the good works and the good Lord will be with you.”
Fayemi, in turn, lauded Tambuwal’s “exemplary leadership” in the House and described him as “a leader in whom I am very well pleased.”