75 North-west Reps-elect Support Gbajabiamila, Says Chanchangi
About 75 members-elect of the 8th House of Representatives are in support of Minority Leader of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila as the next speaker, Rep Ahmed Rufai Chanchangi has said.
Speaking to newsmen in Abuja, Chanchangi (APC, Kaduna) said they were convinced that Gbajabiamila has all it takes to lead the House having led the opposition party for the past eight years without any blemish.
“I think, to me and to the returning members of the House, there is no conflict at all. The only person in the race is Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila. Apart from him I can’t see anybody in the race because when you are talking about someone being in the race, the first thing to be taken into consideration is your home support base.
“So, for me the only person that is contesting is Hon Femi. I am from the North-West, we have almost 90 members from the North-West. Kaduna State in particular we have 16, from Kano we have 24, Katsina we have 15, Jigawa we have 11 and in Sokoto we have 12 members respectively,” he said
“What we have is almost one-quarter of the total honourable members of the House. And if you take a look at that statistics, from the 90 honourable members, about 75 to 80 are hundred percent with Femi Gbajabiamila and this is not because of party affiliation but because of what he did.”
He said there was no way that they would turn their back after all that he did for them including spearheading the emergence of Speaker Aminu Waziri Tambuwal as the number one presiding officer of the House.