The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has succeeded in fixing a meeting today with both APC’s returning and elected members of the House of Representatives with President Muhammadu Buhari, in bid to appoint the House of Representatives’ speaker.
Femi Gbaiabiamila is wanted to be appointed as speaker of the House of Representatives by Tinubu and his ally Adams Oshiomhole the APC National Chairman. The plot known as “Baba’s endorsement” which is meant to block out the North Central zone that is fighting for the position of the Speaker was held last week at Tinubu’s residence.
Oshiomhole who has already secured an appointment with the members of the House of Representatives both APC’s returning and elected members to a dinner with the President on Tuesday sent an invitation last night termed “joint NWC/members of the House of Representative’s dinner with Mr President”
The invitation reads “The National Chairman, Comrade Adams A. Oshiomole has the Honour and pleasure to cordially invite Members of the National Working Committee and APC Returning and Elected Members of the House of Representatives to dinner with Mr President.” The invitation was sent by Abdullahi Yusuf Gashua, Oshiomhole’s Director of Admin, stating that the dinner would be held at the Banquet Hall, Presidential Villa, Abuja by 7:30pm while invitees are to arrive by 7:15pm.
One of the party’s NWC member who asked to be anonymous said that “As it was done in the case of Senator Ahmed Lawan, Oshiomhole will just announce at the dinner that the Speakership position has been zone to the Southwest and Gbajabiamila has been chosen.
“Not minding the fact that no meeting has been held by the National Working Committee (NWC) to zone National Assembly positions, Oshiomhole will make the announcement as the position of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC), giving no room for other members of the NWC to speak.
“Thereafter, some selected returning members of the House of Representatives will be made to speak in support of the arranged endorsement.
“Even though Tinubu and Oshiomhole are not unmindful of this plot being against the words and letters of our party’s constitution, especially regarding fair and even distribution of positions, they are hellbent in pushing it through because of his (Tinubu) 2023 Presidential ambition.
“This same desperate ambition of Tinubu to be President cost us States like Imo, Oyo, Rivers and may cost us Zamfara State. It almost cost us Ogun State when Governor Ibikunle Amosun’s candidate was denied ticket and we must tread carefully so that the ambition of one man does not cost us the National Assembly leadership,”