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NASS Leadership: I Wanted To Withdraw – Gbajabiamila 

Posted: Aug 1, 2015 at 8:20 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Rotimi Akinwunmi And David Odama –  Abuja
Following his emergence as the Majority Leader of the 8th House of Reps, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila has said that the election that brought in the leadership of the House fell short of the people’s expectations even as he said President Muhammadu Buhari and the Party leadership encouraged him to put on the fight for the speakership.

According to him, the fight for the Majority Leader was not about him as people were made to believe saying that he had opted to withdraw from the race, save for President Muhammadu Buhari and the party’s insistence that he remained in the struggle.
His words: “A lot of people don’t know this. Long time ago, I saw the President, I saw my party, I explained to them. I told the President, I said listen.

This thing has been framed to be about me.
“It was never about me and that is what my members believe and I told Mr. President and the party that I wanted to withdraw from this thing, so for the sake of the President, for the sake of the House for the sake of the country.”
Speaking during  an interactive session with the media in his office on Friday, Gbajabiamila  noted that as a legislator who knows the primary purpose for coming to the House, he has never in his 12 years of legislative sojourn lobbied for positions.

He said: “I told the governors at the meeting four weeks ago that I have never been a member for the sake of occupying office. It was not about office and I told them that I would leave this thing in a heartbeat without thinking of it.
“I wouldn’t even think twice about it and I will go and sit on the floor of the House without even accepting anything even a Committee chairmanship.

“I have never been a chairman of a committee in this House and have never been a Deputy Chairman and I made it clear to them that I have turned down things in the past.
“I have been offered National Honours and I turned it down, I was meant to be a Deputy to Aminu Tambuwal, we turned it down before Emeka Ihediha took over and there have been many other things in the past.”

Speaking further on the picture painted by his opponents, the lawmaker said that was not the true position of things as President Buhari as well as the Loyalists Group knew his intention to withdraw from the race following the un-necessary controversy that was generated in the media.

“For me it was not about me, it was not about office, it’s not the office that makes you a legislator, the legislator makes the office. It’s not vice versa and I made it clear that I will leave it on principle but my members (Loyalists Group) refused.”