PDP Lawmakers Angry Over Buhari’s Support For Gbajabiamila #Beekhaybee

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmakers
in the House of Representative seem not to be
happy over the emergence of Hon. Femi
Gbajabiamila as the majority leader of the 8th


Dogara and Gbajabiamila
They are particularly uncomfortable with the
support President Muhammadu Buhari gave to
Gbajabiamila’s ambition for the position of
House leader.
The House was thrown into crisis after
Gbajabiamila, who had the backing of his party,
the All Progressives Congress (APC) lost to
Yubuku Dogara for the Speakership position on
June 9. Following his defeat, the party penciled
his name for the House majority leader position
which generated controversy among APC
lawmakers in the House.
The crisis that lasted 49-days ended when
Dogara announced Gbajabiamila as the House
leader a few days ago.
According to The Punch, the PDP lawmakers on
Sunday, August 2, said that new revelation
showed that Buhari supported Gbajabiamila to
be majority leader despite his earlier stance
that he would remain neutral in the choices of
the principal officers of the National Assembly.
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It was learnt that the majority leader during a
news briefing with newsmen in Abuja on Friday,
disclosed that President Buhari prevailed on
him not to drop his ambition as House leader.
Gbajabiamila said: “ But, on principle, the
President did not accept it (that he should give
up fighting); my party did not accept it and I
thank God for the kind of confidence they have
in me to be able to deliver the goods for the
“Who am I to say no? It was on principle that
we stayed on course .”
Speaking on behalf of the PDP caucus in the
House, the minority whip, Yakubu Barde, stated
that it seemed that the president was not telling
Nigerians the truth when he said he would not
intervene over the choice of principal officers.
The caucus whip stressed that the majority
leader’s revelation had also thrown up the
question as to who between Buhari and
Gbajabiamila had lied to Nigerians.
Barde said: “ However, with the latest revelation
by Gbajabiamila, we are not sure who is telling
the truth between the two men. It is either one
of them lied to Nigerians or both men jointly
and separately lied.
“If as Gbajabiamila claimed, Buhari did influence
his emergence as House leader, it will rather be
unfortunate that the President is not a man of
his words and Nigerians should now begin to
scrutinise every word that emanates from him.
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“We are alarmed by this development because it
portends grave danger for our democracy and
the independence of the legislature. The
President must resist the temptation to use his
power and influence to compromise the
institution of the National Assembly by directly
involving himself in the process of emergence
of the principal officers of the House .”
The PDP added that the development also
suggested that the President belonged to “a few
people” as against his inauguration declaration
of “I belong to everybody and I belong to