Minority leadership: Group accuses Gbajabiamila of high-handedness
Stories from Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti
A socio/political group in Nigeria, One Nigeria Movement ,ONM, has faulted the House of Representatives Speaker, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila over his attitude in appointing the House Minority leader and other Principal Officers.
The group also accused the Speaker of allegedly appointing the Minority Leader as against the wishes and position of the leading minority party in the House.
According to a Press release issued yesterday in Ado-Ekiti and signed by ONM Convener, Alhaji Ahmed Sodiq-Mugoro, and made available to Journalists, the group carpeted the Speaker and said that Gbajabiamila who was unanimously elected to occupy the number one position in the House could resort to threatening his colleagues, who disagreed with his decision to single-handedly appoint the Principal Officers of the House.
The ONM recalled that “as it was the usual practice in the House, the People’s Democratic Party PDP forwarded names of Minority Leadership of the House in a letter dated June 21, 2019 to the Speaker. The letter was duly received on June 26, 2019 and contrary to the House rule that all correspondence must be read at the plenary, the Speaker refused to read the letter”.
The group claimed that the House of Representatives under Gbajabiamila was already showing the signs of dictatorship and flagrant disregard for rules and laid down procedures, the ONM explained that apart from the Speaker and his Deputy, no other Principal Officer of the House was picked through election.
The group lamented over the action of the Speaker and described it as a continuation of the APC alleged affront on the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, pointing out that those allegedly sought to conquer the judiciary was now out to put the National Assembly under their feet.
The group claimed that Gbajabiamila was quoted at the plenary threatened a member of the house by saying; “If you test the resolve of this house, you will regret it” and went on to rule out another one who raised point of order saying; “even before you say what your point of order is about, I rule you out of order.
“We as a responsible political group in the country, will continue to watch how Nigerians will allow a leader like Gbajabiamila to disobey the laid down rules and regulations at the House of Representatives and wishes to succeed in his future ambition.”