Buhari, Oshomhole roots for Lawan and Gbajabiamila as Senate President and Speaker


Sen. Ahmed Lawan and Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila would be the next Senate President and Speaker of the National Assembly respectively if the information at our disposal is anything to go by.
Dependable sources with the Presidency and the ruling All Progressive Congress informed our correspondent that President Muhammadu Buhari and National Chairman, APC are currently rooting  for
Ahmad Lawan as senate president and Femi Gbajabiamila as speaker of the House of Representatives.

According to our sources stated that the national working committee (NWC) of the ruling party met with the newly elected APC members in the House of representatives on Monday in Abuja.

Lawan and Gbajabiamila, who are currently the leaders of the APC caucus in the upper and lower chambers of the national assembly, enjoyed the support of the President in 2015 but Senate President Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the House of Reps, teamed up with some Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmakers and handtwisted them out.

While Lawan did not get the opportunity to go head-to-head with Saraki, while Gbajabiamila lost to Dogara by eight votes.

The explained that since Saraki is out of the way, having left the APC for the PDP and lost his re-election bid.

Noted that it is believed that the current Speaker may not put up fight as it is believed to be more of PDP.

At the red chamber, APC has majority of members in both Houses, hinted that the senator representing Yobe north, Lawan has declared his intention to be the Senate PresidentP stressing the ruling party will do things differently in choosing the leadership of the 9th national assembly haven learnt its lessons in 2015.

“We are not in any way thinking that we will have crises; it is not what we are envisaging at all. But let me say that our party, the APC, must have learnt its lessons, and therefore, the party leadership will do something differently this time,” he said at a press conference in Abuja.
Lawan was elected into the house of representatives in 1999 and got into the senate in 2007.
The 60-year-old is a graduate of the University of Maiduguri where he read geography. He also has a postgraduate diploma in land survey, an MSc and PhD in Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System (GIS), all from the University of Cranfield, United Kingdom.
On Gbajabiamila, who represents Surulere 1 federal constituency of Lagos state, is a kinsman of of Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the APC. He was first elected into the green chamber in 2003.
A law graduate from the University of Lagos, he started his career with the Bentley, Edu and Co law firm in Lagos before he established his own firm, Femi Gbaja and Co. where he was principal partner.
Gbajabiamila later returned to John Marshall Law School in the US and was said to have graduated top of his class, earning himself a juris doctorate.
He set up a law firm and practice briefly in the US after he passed his Georgia bar exams in 2001. Later, he returned to Nigeria to join politics.

Adams Oshiomole, national chairman of the APC during APC meeting at Yaradua center today in Abuja stated that the purpose of the meeting was to that the party produced leaders of the National Assembly that has the vision with the Executive.

“We will ensure that we have a leadership of the national assembly that share the vision of the executive.
Although we stick to separation of power and unless the various arms pursue the same agenda it is difficult for the executive to fulfil its promises and legislative backing is often require for most of the executive actions,” Oshiomhole said.

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