Gbajabiamila Elected 9th Reps Speaker

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Gbajabiamila, Speaker, House of Reps

By; YOKPO EGBODO, Abuja

Former Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila has been elected speaker of the 9th assembly of the House.

The lawmaker defeated his only rival in the race, Hon. Umar Bago with 282 votes to 76.
The new  Speaker has stayed that the running of the House would no longer be business as usual, as he pledged drastic reforms.

“There comes a time in the life and history of a people when they interrogate the past and present, review past sacrifices, miscalculations and errors and collectively decide to opt for change , peace and progress. We are at such a moment in this country. Hon Colleagues of the 9th Assembly this is our time , this is our moment and history beckons.

“The 9th Assembly under my leadership is  going to be a House of reforms or if you like a reform Assembly. The reforms will be dished out piecemeal and at intervals so as not to shock the system.  Moving forward therefore my dear colleagues, it will not be business as usual and we will be shaking the table just a little. We will be introducing various reforms that will reposition this institution but please rest assured that they will be for the greater good.

“On our shoulders lie the responsibility of working together as a House to safeguard the future of our great country. The House must be reformed before the country can be reformed We simply cannot and must not fail”, the new speaker stated.

Also announcing his first appointment, Gbajabiamila added that “In this regard and so as to quickly hit the ground running, I am announcing the appointment of Hon Sanusi Rikiji, the former Speaker of  Zamfara State as my Chief of Staff. Hon Sanusi comes with a wealth of legislative experience and I believe his inclusion in this Assembly will add immense value”, he stated in his inauguration speech.

IGuets at the session were Governor Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Dickson Seriake (Bayelsa), Yahaya Bello (Kogi), Simon Lalung Plateau), National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomole, Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed amongst others.

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