Why I want to be Next Speaker; Gbajabiamila
Why I want to be Next Speaker; Gbajabiamila. Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, the House Leader of the House of Representatives
, on Sunday declared his intention to contest for the speakership seat of the ninth National Assembly. The House Leader during his official declaration in a world press conference held at Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, on Sunday explained why he is vying for the speakership position. Gbajabiamila, who recently won a fifth term mandate back to the House said he is seeking the office with a rich legislative background and pedigree. He noted that he is vying for the seat to unite and bring governance closer to the people irrespective of religious, ethnic or political affiliations. Gbajabiamila, who contested for the same position in 2015 but lost to Yakubu Dogara said his abiding faith in the greatness of Nigeria spurred him to re-contest.
He said, “With all sense of humility, I seek this office with a rich legislative background and pedigree and having just won a historic 5th term mandate to the House. I have in the last 16 years dedicated my life to the service of my constituents and Nigeria. I have studied and understood the intricate workings of the legislature, a critical arm of government and I have come to understand the imperative of striking a delicate balance in the relationship between the Executive and Legislative arms of government without compromising the latter’s independence. Indeed there is an essential need for a symbiotic relationship between all arms and all tiers of government if we are to make steady progress in nation building.
“In these 16 years I have been a principal officer for 12years. I have occupied the office of leader of the opposition and successfully moved my party from opposition to majority in the House and thereafter assumed the position of House Leader, placing me in a uniquely advantageous position of understanding the nuances and intricacies of this very critical arm of government and the need for its independence and at same time interdependence with the executive. “It is this wealth of experience and a burning desire for good governance that I bring to the table. A desire to take the legislature to the next level standing tall and shoulder to shoulder with the most advanced legislatures world over. “I have spent the last 4years in doing my best to stabilize the House, whilst exploring and studying how best we as Legislators can unleash the full potentials of this country. I have taken copious mental and physical notes and its time for implementation.
“I seek the office of the Speaker to bring our tendencies together and unite us as 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 so I can use the bully pulpit to galvanise Honourable members to make life more abundant for every Nigerian irrespective of tribe, religion 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. “Historically the House of Representatives was established to be the People’s House and for the people’s business. It follows therefore that the Speaker must be the people’s Speaker elected to do the people’s business and champion their cause and in doing so fulfilling their hopes and aspiration. This is the Speaker I intend and hope to be and the House I intend and hope to lead, a People’s House.” he added.