Femi Gbajabiamila Declares Intention To Run For Speaker Of The House
Majority leader in the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has announced he is running for Speaker of the House.
Gbajabiamila, who represents Surulere 1 Federal Constituency, Lagos, made the announcement on Sunday, saying he was joining the race as a ‘beacon of hope’.
He said he is running to bring as a service to the people and for nation-building.
“We are not where we ought to be, considering the abundance of talents and the blessings from God. However, I am rest assured that slowly but surely we will get there,” Gbajabiamila said.
“It is because of this unshakeable belief in the potential and genius of Nigeria and the majesty of our democracy that I, today, after wide consultations with my colleagues, friends, family, party and stakeholders and in total submission to the will of God, formally declare my intention to seek the position of the office of the speaker of the Ninth Assembly and offer my service to the nation in this capacity.
“With all sense of humility, I seek this office with a rich legislative background and pedigree and having just won a historic fifth term mandate to the House. I have in the last 16 years dedicated my life to the service of my constituents and Nigeria.
“I have studied and understood the intricate workings of the legislature, a critical arm of government and I have come to understand the imperative of striking a delicate balance in the relationship between the executive and legislative arms of government without compromising the latter‘s independence.”
Gbajabiamila, who has the backing of his party, the All Progressive Congress (APC) says he plans to stabilize the House and maximize its potential.
“Having been in opposition and moved to majority places me in a unique position to know the workings of both and that’s what I bring to the table.
In 2015, Gbajabiamila ran for the position but lost to incumbent Yakubu Dogara.