Reps Minority Leader, Gbajabiamila, apologises over row with Deputy Speaker

The Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, on Thursday, apologised to the House for accusing the Deputy Speaker, Emeka Ihedioha, of bias during the previous day’s plenary.

Mr. Gbajabiamila, who is also the leader of the All Progressive Congress Caucus in the lower legislative chamber, had on Wednesday said the APC lawmakers would no longer recognise Mr. Ihedioha as deputy speaker.

He accused Mr. Ihedioha, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, of bias in favour of his party instead of being the deputy speaker of the entire House. 

“What you saw today (Wednesday) is yet another indication of what the PDP has brought on our country,” he had said at a press conference after he led APC lawmakers to walk out of the chamber.

“We have a deputy speaker who has never hidden his ‎partisanship. He has always taken sides with the PDP, compared to the speaker (Tambuwal), who sees himself as the Speaker of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

The House chamber had erupted in rowdiness following the manner Mr. Ihedioha, who was presiding, handled the motion on military deployment during the elections which lawmakers of both major parties held different views.

While the APC members backed the motion that soldiers should not be deployed during polls, their PDP colleagues stood against it on the grounds that it was a matter before the courts.

The APC lawmakers had walked out of the chamber in protest.

 However, at Thursday’s session, presided over by the Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal, Mr. Gbajabiamila withdrew his allegation against Mr. Ihedioha.

“I withdraw that‎ portion where I called him the deputy speaker of a political party,” he said. “We should be accommodating of each other as a House,” he told his colleagues.


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  • tsunami1earthquake

    It takes a man of character to say, “I’m sorry”. Kudos to you, Mr Gbajabiamila. I hope other members of your political party would emulate this. Whatever the political divides are, I suppose everybody is working for a common good, that is, the good of the country.

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      Especially when he was right.

      • Shehu

        Do you apologise wen u r right??
        LOL!

        • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

          Bruv have you ever said sorry to your spouse or child?

          Did that make you wrong?

          • Total

            You don’t sound logical because you are not making sense.

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Probably because we are not on the same wavelength.

            You need to be more compos mentis, friend.

        • Ajayi Ifayemi

          You can be right and still apologize if the way you presented your rightness is not acceptable to you or your conscience. We do it all the time. I apologize, but……

  • taiwo

    APC always seeking to over heat the polity

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    Gbajabiala (alias Gbaja), who 419ed someone of $25k in the U.S before heading for Nigeria to contest election, has always been a nuisance. He irritates me non-stop. He is a typical APC rabble rouser.

    • Ajayi Ifayemi

      My prayer is that he never stops irritating you. In fact he will always irritate you by God’s grace. He is there to be a nuisance and an irritator of people who will not allow our country to progress, and irritate them he will, starting from you and including all of your co-travelers who always support impunity.

    • progress

      Kashamu, obanikoro, fayose are all con men, but you chose to remain a hypocrite that you always are in always attacking everything apc.

  • Total

    He had to display the animal instinct before sober reflection. Who is Gbajabiamila? What is his background in the US like? These are suppose to be elected representative of some people.

  • Contact Point

    No matter the apology, it is clear that Hon. Ihedioha is not capable of presiding over the House with Tambuwal not around. He always show this act of bias whenever he is in charge and that is dangerous. Therefore, this character is not going to be allowed to be governor of Imo State because he will end of balkanizing the state, creating two states in one, one side ofr PDP members and ‘voters’, the other for other parties and the voters.