We will accommodate opposition in the House Committees – Gbajabiamila

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House of Representatives Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila, on Monday said he will run an open government and appoint members of the opposition political parties into Ariosto committees in the House of Representatives.

The Speaker disclosed this while fielding questions from State House Correspondents onMonday, after meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

The Speaker who was responding to a question on how he will treat members of the opposition parties after the recently keenly contested elections, declared that he has already inaugurated the committee that will share offices, adding that “the committees would be unfolded in the next few weeks and you will see how we intend to carry them along .

He however stated that he will not preempt the decision of the committee, but assured that he was prepared to carry the opposition along

“I don’t want to let the cat out of the bag but you can be assured they would be carried along”

Gbajabiamila who stated that the meeting was about the economy and how to move the country forward, said it was part of a way of charting a road map about how to confront the problems that are facing Nigeria.

“So, It wasn’t a personal meeting but you can call it a hybrid – between the personal and official but mostly it’s official. How the executive and the legislature can collaborate to make life better for Nigeria and Nigerians”

Asked what Nigerians are going to see differently from his leadership of the ninth Assembly, especially under his headship, the Speaker said, “Stay tune, you’ve heard my inaugural speech, we are going to do things differently, we are going to build on whatever the achievements are of the eight assembly, and it’s going to be a reformed house

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Now that Lawan and Gbajabiamila lead the 9th National Assembly…

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Prior to the election of the principal officers of the 9th National Assembly yesterday, there had been wheeling and dealing by the leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to produce a pre-determined outcome.

On several occasions, Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the APC, drummed it into the sub-consciousness of members on the need to make the leadership of the 9th National Assembly an APC affair.

He had insisted, “This time around, we must ensure that we have a leadership of the National Assembly that shares the vision of the executive. Although we will adhere to the principle of separation of powers, there is only one government and unless the various arms pursue the same agenda, it is difficult for the executive to realise its vision because legislative backing is often required for the executive actions.”

The insistence by the ruling party to take control of the 9th Assembly was predicated on its experience in the 8th Assembly. Although Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara, former Senate president and speaker, House of Representatives, respectively, were elected on the APC platform, the manner of their emergence as principal officers of the bicameral legislature went contrary to the aspiration of leaders of the party and the Presidency.

As a result of the manner of their emergence, Saraki and Dogara became a pariah to the APC family. The frosty relationship that existed between the Executive and the legislature negatively affected governance. Meaningful collaborations that could have positively impacted the Nigerian people could not take place as each camp saw the other as an enemy.

In the series of fights that took place between the Executive and the Legislature, the masses bore the brunt. Important bills that were passed into law by the lawmakers were not assented to by the … Read More...

House speakership race sets Bago against Gbajabiamila

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Ahead of the June 11 proclamation of the 9th Assembly of the House of Representatives, the hotly contested race for the Speaker of the House is gradually narrowing down to two top contenders, Femi Gbajabiamila (APC, Lagos) and Umar Bago (APC, Niger). While Gbajabiamila has been adopted by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for…

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