By Sadiq Umar
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara Tuesday confirmed former minority leader, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila as the new majority leader of the 8th House of Representatives
Dogara had earlier rebuffed his party -the All Progressive Congress (APC) position which nominated Gbajabiamila as leader, citing the need for federal character in the party’s nomination.
Gbajabiamila, who was All Progressive Congress (APC) preferred candidate lost the speakership position to Hon. Yakubu Dogara in the July 9 contest.
He was later nominated by the party for the Majority Leader position, in a letter to Dogara by the National Chairman of APC, John Oyegun, which zoned the remaining principal officers positions in the House.
However, there was a stiff opposition by group loyal to Speaker Dogara to the party’s position, leading to fracas among members which prompted a long adjournment of the House.
At the resumed plenary of the House Tuesday, Dogara yielded to pressure from the party to announce Gbajabiamila as demanded by the party.
Also announced alongside Gbaja are: Buba Jibrin as the deputy house leader, Alhassan Doguwa as the chief whip, and Pally Iriase deputy chief whip.
The Peoples Democratic Party caucus also nominated names for the minority principal positions with Hon. Chukwuma Onyema as the minority house leader; Hon. Leo Ogor, deputy minority house leader; Hon. Umar Barde; minority whip, and Hon. Binta Bello; deputy minority whip.
It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari met with the warring factions in the House of Representatives Monday where he gave a marching order for House to toll party line.