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APC Crisis: Buhari, Gbajabiamila Meet Again

femiA member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, on Friday met briefly with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Gbajabiamila’s insistence on becoming the Majority Leader of the House after he turned down the Deputy Speaker position offered him on a silver platter makes him one of the principal actors in the leadership crisis rocking the House.

He was the preferred choice of the leadership of the All Progressives Congress for the position of the Speaker ahead of the election of the leaders of the 8th National Assembly.

However, he lost in the contest for Speaker to Yakubu Dogara, after the Speaker defied the party leadership to contest the election against Gbajabiamila.

Efforts by the party leadership to ensure that Gbajabiamila emerges the House Leader violates the Federal Character tradition of the House ensuring a member from a zone represents that zone among the House leadership.

The Friday’s meeting was the second one Gbajabiamila has so far held with Buhari.

Unlike the first one when the President met him with the lawmaker and about 29 of his colleagues loyal to him, only Gbajabiamila visited Buhari on Friday.

After his brief meeting with the President, the lawmaker refused to answer reporters’ questions.

He simply said he was in a hurry “to see the Chairman”, obviously referring to the APC National Chairman John Odigie-Oyegun.

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