The member representing Surulere Federal Constituency 1 in the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila is set to emerge Majority Leader following the concession of the position by members loyal to Speaker Yakubu Dogara, as part of efforts to restore peace to the lower legislative chamber.
It was gathered that the concession follows a meeting last night between Dogara and some members of the House, with the immediate past Speaker and current governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal in Abuja.
It would be recalled that All Progressives Congress (APC) governors had, after their meeting last week, set up a committee led by Tambuwal to mediate and resolve the crisis in the House over the emergence of Dogara as speaker against Gbajabiamila, backed by the party’s leadership.
A source at the meeting revealed that the lawmakers had insisted that equity and fair play should be the dominant consideration” on the issue of principal officers of the House.
“There was a consensus that in order to achieve peace and accommodation in the House, that the position of the House Leader be conceded to the Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila Group to nominate a candidate,” he said.
While it seemed a done deal, Ripples, however gathered that Gbajabiamila may be constrained by the constitutional requirement for equitable representation and federal character as the South-West, where he hails from has already produced the Deputy Speaker.
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