Speakership: I Have Moved On, Gbajabiamila Tells Tambuwal
SAN FRANCISCO, August 10, (THEWILL) – In a veiled response to what has been alleged as the double standard played by former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, in the emergence of his predecessor, Yakubu Dogara, the majority leader of the House, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila has indicated that his political career does not hinge on a do-or die-contest for the number one position in the House.
Gbajabiamila was responding to Tambuwal’s assertion that the decision not to back him for the Speakership was as a result of the unanimity of the 7th Assembly leadership, which endorsed the incumbent Speaker, Dogara.
According to Tambuwal, of the 12-member leadership he headed, eight supported Dogara because of his competence, while two, including Hon. Datti Ahmad, the erstwhile Deputy Minority Whip, were behind the current Majority Leader.
By this revelation, Tambuwal showed that he played a second fiddle in the approval rating of who was to step into his shoes by his lieutenants.
Last month, THEWILL exclusively reported that a leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who played a major role in the ascension of Tambuwal to the position of Speaker via the persuasion of Gbajabiamila, was miffed by the treachery of Tambuwal.
Gbajabiamila, who had a running battle with Dogara over his quest to become the majority leader, Monday reacted to Tambuwal’s degradation of his political ambition by saying that what the ex-Speaker is
clinging to is no longer a political tender for him.
“Alhaji Tambuwal has finally spoken. For me, I have moved on and I can only wish him the best in his future undertakings, “Gbajabiamila said in an emailed response sent to our correspondent.