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Tinubu Has No Interest In Who Becomes Reps Speaker – Oladele

Posted: Jun 3, 2015 at 12:39 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Barr. Bosun Oladele, the former Commissioner for Information and Orientation in Oyo State, recently won the election into the House of

Bosun Oladele

Bosun Oladele

Representatives on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), to represent Olorunsogo/Oorelope and Irepo Federal Constituency in the Green Chamber, Abuja. In this interview with OLADELE OGUNSOLA, he restates his support for Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila from Lagos State for the position of Speaker, House of Reps. He also speaks on other issues. Excerpts…

You are a new member of the House of Reps, what should your constituents expect from you?

Not only the people of Oyo State should expect something from me, but also the entire people of Nigeria and their expectations would not be from me as an individual but from all of us in the legislative arm of government to give the country robust legislation that will advance the well-being of all and which will also deepen our democratic ethos. In essence, I will join hands with my colleagues to ensure that we leave the country far better than we met it. It was not by accident that the people of this country overwhelmingly voted for change which we as a party promised them and as part of the privileged few given the opportunity to represent the people, I will be a change agent that will truly bring transformation to the people by being alive to my responsibilities as a lawmaker.


What’s your take on the race for the speakership position of the House?

Already, many lawmakers are jostling and lobbying for the principal offices of the House, particularly from among the APC, being the party with the majority lawmakers in the House which to me is healthy. The agitation for the positions of leadership of the House, particularly, the Speaker cut across the six geo-political zones of the federation. But, unlike some of the things most of our media friends push out to the public to the effect that the agitation for the leadership positions in the National Assembly had thrown out party into crisis with daily accusations and counter accusations of the leadership of the party supporting one particular candidate from one geo-political zone or the other, I want to tell you that the race has been a healthy one with everybody enjoying the bit of politicking. As it should be expected, the name of Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu has been most prominent among the leaders being alleged to have supported one candidate or the another, but if you find out, you’ll discover that it is all politics. What has been paramount in the heart of our leaders since our party became victorious at the polls has been how to deliver on the party’s electoral promises and not about who gets what. In politics, nothing is got free, you make demand and lobby, hence, the agitation and lobby for the zoning of the position of the Speaker among the APC lawmakers and the tension had to be doused last week when the leaders, especially the interim National Chairman of the party, Chief Bisi Akande and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu at different occasions declared that the party was not interested in zoning the principal offices to any geo-political zone. Both our refered leaders made it abundantly clear that the idea of zoning belongs to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and not in the APC constitution. Even,the PDP that believes in zoning, what could the party do when our predecessors jettisoned the zoning formula and elected Hon. Aminu Tambuwal as the Speaker?


So, who among the contenders will you cast your vote for?

The most qualified candidate among the whole lot you have just mentioned and some who may still be in the race for the post of the Speaker is Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila and I will not only cast my vote for him, I’m urging all other members to support him. Although all other candidates are qualified, but Hon. Gbajabiamila is the most qualified among the other contestants. Hon Gbajabiamila, being the Minority Leader in the seventh assembly had paid his dues by contributing greatly to the development of many issues on the floor of the House and should be allowed to benefit from the proceeds of what he had assisted in putting in place, especially in the APC at the national level. The country at this crucial period needs a Speaker who has very vast experience that can champion the desired change that will encourage robust discussion of issues and debate which eventually shall translate to good governance.


As things are and with the position of the party leaders that you lawmakers are free to elect your leaders, don’t you foresee a situation where there will be lopsidedness in the country’s leadership arrangement?

I don’t think so and I sincerely commended the position of the APC leaders who declared that they were not supporting zoning of the principal officers of the National Assembly, but, instead expressed the belief that the members should be allowed to choose their officers. I commend what Baba Bisi Akande and other leaders of our party had said about the elections of the principal officers of the House .They had said that  the party was not interested in zoning and when we get their after swearing-in on 29th of May we will sort ourselves out .


But zoning or no zoning, is it possible for a leader like Asiwaju Bola Tinubu not to have a preferred candidate for such a sensitive position like that of a Speaker?

I can say it without equivocation that our leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has no anointed candidate among the contestants because Asiwaju Tinubu is a National leader of the APC that has followers nationwide and he always listens to everybody irrespective of the tribe or zone he or she comes from.


Your party is coming to power at the centre to inherit fuel scarcity and its attendant woes across the country, how do you feel about the situation?

Like every other Nigerian, I feel bad at the trauma both the immediate past Minister of Finance/Coordinating Minister for Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and the Minister for Petroleum Resources, Deziani Alison-Madueke, threw Nigerians into before they left office and they should be held responsible. The two ministers had handled the economy of the country badly and that is what is responsible for fuel scarcity the country is witnessing now. If we pray that may they have the kind of legacies they are leaving behind, the kind of suffering Nigerians are passing through now in their individual homes, would they be able to say amen? I doubt it!