Posted by Daniel. on 13 July, 2022 under Naija News
Hon. Femi Gbajabimila, Speaker of the House of Representatives, has spoken about how Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, the governor of Sokoto State, betrayed him when he first ran for Speaker.
The Sokoto governor abandoned him and stood behind Yakubu Dogara in 2015, he claimed, despite backing Tambuwal’s election as House Speaker in 2011. In a recently published book by two of his aides, Dr. Charles Omole and Musa Abdullahi Krishi, titled Mr. Speaker: The Legislative Life, Service, And Resilience of Femi Gbajabiamila, Gbajabiamila made this revelation.
“One good turn, it’s often said, deserves another,” the authors wrote in their account of Gbajabiamila’s dissatisfaction with Tambuwal’s choice to oppose Gbajabiamila’s bid to serve as speaker in 2015.
However, that seemed not to be the case between Tambuwal and Gbajabiamila when it was time for the Surulere 1 Federal Constituency lawmaker to have his own turn as a Speaker in 2015, following the victory of the APC at the polls. Tambuwal did not only oppose him, he also ensured that Yakubu Dogara defeated the man that first conceived the idea for him (Tambuwal) to be Speaker.
â€œNot only did Gbajabiamila work for Tambuwalâ€™s emergence in 2011, he also stood by him through thick and thin throughout the four-year tenure. For example, when there were attempts by the then executive arm to remove Tambuwal, following his defection to the APC, Gbajabimila, along with like-minded, had to scale the National Assembly gate to access the House chamber in order to forestall the plot.
â€œComing to 2015, with all the sacrifices that Gbajabiamila made for Tambuwal, it was taken for granted that the (now) Sokoto State governor would support him to emerge Speaker. But the outgoing Speaker had another plan to have Dogara succeed him.â€