- Femi Gbajabiamila, the leader of the House of Representatives, reveals that the APC caucus, which he leads, was jolted by the mass defection at the National Assembly
- Gbajabiamila, however, says that the shock soon turned to pity for the defected lawmakers
- The legislator denies eyeing the seat of the speaker currently occupied by Yakubu Dogara
The leader of the House of Representatives and chairman of the APC Caucus, Femi Gbajabiamila, has revealed that he and others were actually jolted by the mass defection of members of the ruling All Progressives Congress at the National Assembly recently.
Gbajabiamila, however, added that the shock soon turned into pity for the defected lawmakers after he realized that they made a mistake with their decision.
In an interview with Premium Times, the senior legislator denied eyeing the seat of the speaker of the House of Representatives in 2019 adding that he was in good terms with Yakubu Dogara.
“The exit of a single member should jolt any member to use your words, not to talk of 33. The jolt then turns into sympathy when you know the member has made a big mistake.
“Soon after, the sympathy becomes a sigh of relief with the knowledge that your party remains the party of the masses which for me is the most important consideration.
“We all witnessed the size of the rallies and decampment that took place subsequently in various states and local governments where notable politicians had decamped from.
“We also make the costly mistake when we think a party belongs to the elite or political class when truly it belongs to the masses who every day continue to understand the intrigues and lust for power amongst the political class and know those who are there to protect them.
“I assure you many who got caught up in the euphoria of decamping are regretting today.
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“I enjoy a cordial relationship with the speaker let no one make a mistake.
“There is only one speaker at a time and I have never voiced or otherwise expressed my future intentions to anyone. I am not God,” he said.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that Femi Gbajabiamila said the exit of some National Assembly members from the All Progressives Congress(APC) would not undermine the strength or the popularity of the ruling party.
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