Rivers State governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has declared his support for the emergency of the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, as the speaker of the next Assembly.
This is as he called on Gbajabiamila, who represents Surulere 1 federal constituency of Lagos State, to ensure that he serves the entire country, if he eventually emerges the speaker in the next Assembly.
Wike, who spoke yesterday at Government House Port Harcourt, when he granted audience to the majority leader and his campaign team, urged the lawmaker to shun all forms of excessive party politics and focus on delivering development to the country.
The governor said: “My belief is that we must work as a team irrespective of the political party that we belong to. It is because of party, that the Electoral Act was not signed.
“I will not support any candidate based on political party. I will support based on capacity to deliver. We must work as a people “.
He stated that the political party is simply a vehicle to drive people to their destination and after getting to the political destination, focus must be on the people.
Wike urged Gbajabiamila to always take Rivers State into consideration in the next dispensation, pointing out that the state was not favoured since 2015.
The governor said: “Rivers State has suffered for the past four years because of party politics. The Federal Government is refunding funds to States for Federal Projects executed, but Rivers State was excluded by the APC Federal Government.”
The governor said because the majority leader has consulted with him, the leadership of Rivers State would favourably discuss his election as the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila informed the Rivers State governor that they were in the state to seek his support and blessing for his ambition to head the next House of Representatives as speaker.
He said that the theme of his campaign is “nation building: A Joint Task”. He assured Governor Wike that he would carry all sections of the country along, irrespective of ethnic, religious and political affiliations.
“There is 30 years of legislative experience between Idris Wase and me , which money cannot buy. I know you want the best for the country “, he said.
Former deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Austin Opara said that Femi Gbajabiamila has the capacity to lead the House of Representatives to greater heights in the interest of the country.
Director General of the Femi Gbajabiamila and Idris Wase, Hon Abdulmumin Jibrin said that they resolved to consult Governor Wike because he is a force to reckon with in Nigerian Politics.
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