Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, on Sunday made his official declaration to contest for Speaker of the Lower Chamber.
According him: “I seek the office of the Speaker to bring our tendencies together and unite us as a country. I seek the office of the Speaker to bring governance even closer to the people. I seek the office of the Speaker to mentor the next generation.
“I seek the office of the Speaker come I can use the bully pulpit to galvanise Honourable members to make life more abundant every Nigerian irrespective of tribe, religious background or political persuasion.
“There is so much work to be done by way of legislation in many areas of our life including but not limited to education, health, power, infrastructure and alleviation of poverty.
“I believe many of these deficits can be addressed through meaningful and impactful legislation.”
Gbajabiamila said after wide consultations, he formally declared “service to constituents and Nigerians.”
He said he will foster the relationship between executive and legislature without surrendering the independence to the latter.
“Having been in opposition and moved to majority, placed me in a unique position of know the workings of both and that’s what I bring to the table.
“I did my best to stabilise the House and know how legislature can maximise potentials that is why the theme “Nation building, a joint task.”
“The Speaker must be for the people to fulfill their hopes and aspirations,” he said.
Abdulmumin Jibrin, the Campaign DG. of the House Leader’s candidacy, said Gbajabiamila’s ambition is not about himself but about “our democracy sanitising, civility and in global best practice.”
According to him, the party must be Supreme as is the practice in advance democracies.
He said Nigerians look up to advance democracies in the practice of our democracy.
“Without being immodest he (Gbajabiamila) stands out the best,
“He has experience, brilliance, astuteness, building relationships, bridges etc. We will not take things for granted because within and without others are interested,” he emphasised.
He said Gbajabiamila’s campaign organisation “won’t throw muds, no rumours blackmail, we plead, for the interest of country, run clean, issue-based campaign, he charged the other candidates.
“Since everyone is qualified, just be clean. We will lobby and campaign and win hearts.
“How do you explain a minority aspiring to be Speaker. What if a majority party vied for minority leader, sponsored and supported by us, how would it be?
“But we’ll engage them and a large number of them are convinced that today they may be in minority but tomorrow night be in the majority, so they’ll reason for the need to protect the institution.
“They should come and join us and I guarantee Gbaja will be a Speaker for all and ensure the independence and interdependence of the legislature,” Jibrin said.
Hon. Da’u Aliyu Magaji, who moderated the event, declared over 170 members across party line from the House attended the declaration.