Gbajabiamila floors Bago as speaker, House of Representatives


Lawan, Gbajabiamila best persons for the job – UK Chapter of APC

Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila has emerged as the speaker of the House of Representatives for the ninth assembly.

Gbajabiamila, who is a candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), polled 281 votes defeating his close contender Mohammed Bago who got 76 votes.

A total of 358 lawmakers voted and there was one invalid vote.

For the post of deputy speaker, Mr. Ahmed Wase was elected unopposed by the 358 lawmakers.

Earlier, Mr. Ahmad Lawan of the APC was elected as the senate president.

Ahmad polled 79 votes to beat his opponent, Mr. Ali Ndume, also of the APC who polled 28 votes.

For the post of deputy senate president, Mr. Ovie Omo-Agege of the APC polled 68 votes to defeat his People’s Democratic Party (PDP) challenger, Mr. Ike Ekweremadu who had 37 votes.

*Gbajabiamila, Lawan

Meanwhile, the United Kingdom chapter of the APC said Lawan and Gbajabiamila are the best candidates for the national assembly job because they have the required experience to move the country’s legislative arm forward.

Spokesman for the chapter, Mr. Jacob Ogunseye, said in a statement issued on Tuesday that the duo merited the exalted positions, having been in national assembly for years, adding that they are leading light that would bring succour to the country’s legislative arm.

The APC UK spokesman, however, appealed to the duo to work and ensure they carry Nigerians along irrespective of party, religious or tribal affiliation.

He said Gbajabiamila’s wealth of experience in the lower chamber over the years would not only bring succour to the House of Representatives, but would bring values to legislature in the country.

The leader of APC in UK, Mr. Ade Omole, also said the statement that the “chapter is confidence that Lawan and Gbajabiamila would leverage on their legislative experience over the years to enhance laws that would promote unity and progress in the country.”

“The duo are the best for the country’s legislative arm at the moment.

“They have enormous experience and political will to act as a catalyst towards helping President Muhammadu Buhari in delivering the next level agenda,” he said.