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10th NASS: Gbajabiamila, Wase at loggerheads over Speakership position

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The rivalry for the top position in the forthcoming 10th House of Representatives has strained the bond between outgoing Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila and his deputy, Idris Wase.

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Wase, according to information obtained by ENIGERIA, is upset because Gbajabiamila endorsed Hon. Tajudeen Abbas, the favoured candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), rather than him.

After formally announcing his candidature for the office last week, the Deputy Speaker reportedly ceased going to the pre-plenary leadership sessions.

Sources revealed that Wase has also stopped joining the speaker in the procession to the plenary, which is the standard practice.

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Wase had since last week stopped accompanying the speaker into the chambers, choosing to enter the Chamber alone and taking his seat on the floor.

Speaking to ENIGERIA, a returning APC lawmaker said: “I want to confirm to you that the depu­ty speaker has taken the fight for speakership to another level. I can’t imagine how angry he is. I hope you media are taking note that since last week after his (Wase) declaration, we are told he has stopped attending pre-plena­ry meetings with the speaker and body of principal officers.

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“You will notice that even to­day (Tuesday), if you were here (chambers), he wasn’t on the speaker’s procession to the ple­nary. Or did you see him when the speaker was coming in? No!

“But I say this is puerile be­cause the speaker has the right to support whoever he wants to succeed him. So, how can the dep­uty speaker be taking this to be a personal fight between him and Speaker Gbajabiamila?”

The lawmaker stated that Wase’s behaviour vindicates those that refused to back him, stressing that the Plateau State federal lawmaker lacks the temperament to relate with people.

The source continued: “But when we hon­ourable members take decisions, we will be criticised and attacked, but we know ourselves. Hon. Ta­judeen Abbas cannot behave this way. It’s so disappointing.”

“But I say this is puerile be­cause the speaker has the right to support whoever he wants to succeed him. So, how can the dep­uty speaker be taking this to be a personal fight between him and Speaker Gbajabiamila?”

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The source continued: “But when we hon­ourable members take decisions, we will be criticised and attacked, but we know ourselves. Hon. Ta­judeen Abbas cannot behave this way. It’s so disappointing.”

The lawmaker-elect also accused Wase and his loyalists of tempting to amend the House Rules to re­turn the voting pattern to secret balloting, but they foiled the plan.

“He is just looking for ways to express his anger and spite the speaker. Even last week, he and his group made an attempt to re-amend the House Rules so that voting on that day will be by secret balloting. But it failed because we got wind of the plan and frustrated them. How can a man who is so desperate be able to handle the House as a speak­er?” he queried.

 

 

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