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Femi Gbajabiamila, Emerges Majority Leader



Senator Femi Gbajabiamilia, the All Progressives Congress (APC) law maker, who was greatly expected to become speaker of the federal house of representatives but lost to Yusuf Lasun, has emerged the majority leader of the lower chamber.

It could be recalled that the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yusuf Lasun, rebuffed calls for his resignation to pave way for Femi Gbajabiamila to occupy the office.

Some leaders of the All Progressives Congress have reportedly mounted pressure on Mr. Lasun to step down for Mr. Gbajabiamila as a way to resolve the lingering leadership crisis in the lower legislative chamber.

Mr. Gbajabiamila, who was the party’s choice for the position of Speaker, lost to Yakubu Dogara.

The Deputy Speaker, who hails from the South West zone as Mr. Gbajabiamila met with some leaders of the party over the weekend.

However, after last week caucus meeting, where the crisis was discussed extensively, it was agreed that each zonal caucus will conduct elections to decide the winners of the slots based on the zoning formular conveyed in the party’s letter.

The agreement broadened the chances of Mr. Gbajabiamila emerging the majority leader, a key demand that has been at the centre of the nearly two-month old crisis.

The adopted formular zoned House Leader position to the South West; Deputy House Leader – North West; Chief Whip – North East; Deputy House Whip – South South.

With these recent development, it is expected that with Sen. Gbajabiamila as mority leader, all aggrieved parties in the Senate will shield their sword and allow peace to reign, as all factions heart desire and need has been met.