“I seek the office of the Speaker to bring our tendencies together and unite us as a country. I seek the office of the Speaker to bring governance even closer to the people. I seek the office of the Speaker to mentor the next generation. I seek the office of the Speaker so I can use the bully pulpit to galvanise Honourable members to make life more abundant for every Nigerian irrespective of tribe, religious background or political persuasion:
It was with these words that Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila officially declared his intention to run the for the position of Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Mr Gbajabiamila made his declaration in Abuja at a ceremony attended by friends and colleagues.
Tagging his campaign ‘Nation building, a joint task.’ Mr Gbajabiamila said he sought the office to bring government closer to the people.
According to him “There is so much work to be done by way of legislation in many areas of our life including but not limited to education, health, power, infrastructure and alleviation of poverty. I believe many of these deficits can be addressed through meaningful and impactful legislation.
“Historically the House of Representatives was established to be the people’s House and for the people‘s business. It follows therefore that the Speaker must be the people’s Speaker elected to do the people‘s business and champion their cause and in doing so fulfilling their hopes and aspiration. This is the Speaker I intend and hope to be and the House I intend and hope to lead (as) a People‘s House,” he said.
The lawmaker, who was re-elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to represent Surulere 1 constituency of Lagos State, boasted of his long years of experience in the House as an advantage.
Mr Gbajabiamila was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2003 and has won re-election four times after.
In 2015, he contested to become the Speaker of the house. He lost to the incumbent speaker, Yakubu Dogara,