The Majority of Leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has replied the governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, over his admission that he worked for the emergence of the current Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, against his bid for the office.
Dogara and Gbajabiamila jostled for the position of Speaker of the 8th Assembly, which the former won despite stiff opposition from the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the party’s power brokers.
Tambuwal, who is the immediate past Speaker, said on Sunday that although he had strong affinity with Gbajabiamila, he, alongside seven other principal officers of the last Assembly, opted for Dogara.
Gbajabiamila’s response was contained in a short message to Premium times after his reaction was sought.
“Alhaji Tambuwal has spoken,” he said. “For me I have moved on and I can only wish him the best in his future undertakings. I guess Alhaji Tambuwal has finally spoken.”
Many had expected Tambuwal to support Mr. Gbajabiamila’s bid given the Lagos lawmaker’s role in his emergence as Speaker of the 7th Assembly. But ironically, he supported Dogara who opposed his ambition to become Speaker in 2011.
Representative Aliyu Madaki, a staunch supporter of Gbajabiamila, said it was surprising that Tambuwal could publicly oppose the Lagos lawmaker.