Why I Refused To Back Down From Race For Majority Leader Despite Stiff Opposition – Gbajabiamila

Femi Gbajabiamila-Dogara YakubuThe Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has explained why he refused to back down from his ambition of leading the All Progressives Congress caucus, despite stiff opposition, saying the insistence of President Muhammadu Buhari and the party’s leadership, kept him going.
Mr. Gbajabiamila said but for the president and the party’s leadership, he would have stood down when it became apparent that the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, and members loyal to him, were against his emergence as House leader.
The majority leader said members who supported him and the party while the crisis in the House raged were not “aggressors but protectors of the interest of the party”.
He also said he had disclosed his intention to voluntarily withdraw from the race to President Buhari and the leaders of APC, but they said “no”.
“A lot of people don’t know this. A long time ago, I saw the president, I saw my party, I explained to them”, he said. “I told the president listen this thing has been framed to be about me, but was never about me and that is what my members believe.
“And I told Mr. President, and I told the party that I wanted to withdraw from this thing, so for the sake of the president, for the sake of the House for the sake of the country.
“I told the governors at the meeting four weeks ago that it was not about office and that I would leave this thing in a heartbeat without thinking of it.
“I wouldn’t even think twice about it and I will go and sit on the floor of the House without even accepting anything even a chairmanship.
“I have never been a chairman of the committee in this house and never been a deputy chairman and I made it clear to them that I have turned down things in the past. I have been offered national honours and I turned it down. I was meant to be a Deputy to Aminu Tambuwal but we turned it down before Emeka Ihedioha took over and there have been many other things in the past”, Mr. Gbajabiamila said.
He continued, “For me it was not about me; it was not about office. It’s not the office that makes you a legislator, the legislator makes the office. It’s not vice versa and I made it clear that I will leave it on principle but my members refused.
“When I told the president to allow me leave, he did not accept it, he was reluctant. My party did not accept it. And I thank God for that they did have that kind of confidence in me to be able to deliver the goods for the party. Who am I to say no?”
Mr. Gbajabiamila was finally named majority leader Tuesday hours after Mr. Buhari met with the warring factions in the House and gave them a marching order to resolve their differences.
His announcement during plenary on Tuesday by the Speaker finally put an end to the in-fighting between the APC lawmakers, who are in the majority.

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  • Now that Gbajabiamila is Majority Leader of the House of Reps., the change programme which Nigeria voted for is safe for Gbajabiamila will never allow Buhari to be jeopardized by the House. He has always been the de-facto leader of the Progressives in the House even during the last Assembly. Not so the Senate. When the reality of Buhari’s change agenda dawns upon the cabal, they will try everything to remove Buhari and Osinbajo by using their agents in the National Assermbly, hence the pre-emptive strike of June 9 (june again!), but they will fail. Once the police report has established fraud in the procedure and rules used in inauguation of the Senate, then the necessary corollary is to prosecute the offenders and re-inaugurate the Senate since the law is that something cannot stand on nothing. Any civil servant that gives a contrary opinion in the Federal Ministry of Justice, no matter how highly placed is a saboteur and should be fired. THE LAW IS NO RESPECTER OF PERSONS.

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