Speakership: Who’s afraid of Gbajabiamila?

Femi Gbajabiamila, the Majority Chief of the outgoing eighth Home of Representatives and main contender for the incoming ninth Home, a lawyer of a few years earlier than venturing into politics and occupying the seat for Surulere 1 Federal Constituency of Lagos State for 16 years working since 2003, simply matches the invoice of a veteran within the legislature. Moreso that he spent the final 12 years of his keep within the legislature as a principal officer.

Having devoted his time, vitality and intelligence for the then opposition, it was no surprise that when the APC grew to become the ruling social gathering with clear majority within the parliament in 2015, he was endorsed for the place of speaker. However the remaining is now historical past.

This time round, after the final basic elections, the social gathering as soon as once more discovered him worthy of being so nominated for a similar speaker’s workplace.

This large help, similar to in 2015, seems to be giving some folks sleepless nights, therefore they resorted to all means doable, together with throwing decorum to the dustbin of their try to tug his identify to the mud, albeit unsuccessfully.

First, it was one Philip Undie who took Gbajabiamila to courtroom over allegations of fraud within the US State of Georgia. However quickly thereafter, Undie realised the reality of the matter and instantly utilized the brakes and withdrew the matter from courtroom, in line with completely different media studies on Could 28 and 29 respectively.

However surprisingly, few days in the past, it was reported that the courtroom ordered for a substituted service on Gbajabiamila on the identical matter.

Then got here the newest case in opposition to Gbajabiamila by the Coalition of United Political Events (CUPP), which mentioned on Tuesday that it had secured the nod of an FCT courtroom to begin felony continuing in opposition to Gbaja for allegedly being indicted and sentenced to 36 months by the identical Supreme Courtroom of Georgia.

An identical matter was initially entertained by a Federal Excessive Courtroom in Abuja introduced earlier than it by the Social Justice and Civil Rights Consciousness Initiative final 12 months. Nonetheless, the courtroom struck out the case on Could 22, 2018 as referred to by Undie.

To me, the reply is easy: Gbajabiamila paid his due when he was the chief of the opposition. He gave the opposition all he had and remained a loyal social gathering man as much as the time his social gathering grew to become the ruling social gathering within the nation. Thus, it’s feared that ought to he turn out to be speaker, he will likely be a loyal social gathering man that he would help the federal government fashioned by his social gathering to attain its lofty programmes and insurance policies.

As a matter of truth, the 2 leaders of the Nationwide Meeting who occupied the positions as members of the ruling APC earlier than they ditched the social gathering, critically undermined the APC-led authorities from the very day they emerged. It’s no surprise that President Buhari informed each Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara to their faces twice that he didn’t get pleasure from relationship with the Nationwide Meeting underneath them and that he scored them low on patriotism.

At this level, it is very important ask some pertinent questions: the place had been these folks when Gbajabiamila grew to become a member of the Home in 2003, acquired re-elected in 2007, 2011 and 2015? Why did they’ve to attend till he gained in 2015 and 2019 elections earlier than elevating the difficulty? Does that imply that if Gbajabiamila didn’t point out curiosity within the place of speaker, they wouldn’t have gone to courtroom? What actually do they intend to attain with all of this?

In response to CUPP, the Director Common of the Gbajabiamila/Wase Marketing campaign Council, Abdulmumin Jibrin, mentioned at a press convention that “For the advantage of doubt, we want to as soon as once more state emphatically clear that Hon Femi Gbajabiamila has by no means been convicted for any crime in the USA of America, Nigeria or some other nation around the globe for that matter. He has by no means been accused of corruption and has no corruption case hanging on his neck in Nigeria or any the place around the globe. He has not dedicated Perjury and has by no means dedicated perjury in Nigeria or any nation of the world. He was eligible to contest in all earlier elections he gained and certainly eligible and certified to contest for the workplace of Speaker Home of Representatives within the ninth Meeting.

Properly, just like the governor of Kaduna State mentioned every week in the past, Gbajabiamila is the venture of President Muhammadu Buhari, and his detractors know this too properly, however they DO NOT want the president properly in his administration. Due to this fact, they need to do every part humanly doable to scuttle the emergence of Gbajabiamila as speaker. Nonetheless, just like the saying goes in Hausa, ‘idan Rana ta fito, tafin hannu ba zai iya kare ta ba (if the Solar rises, one’s palm can’t cowl it), Gbajabiamila is the rising solar that can’t be lined by anyone’s palm. With God on his facet, he shall be elected speaker of the ninth Home.

Kabir R. Zubair writes from Abuja

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