Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila hints at becoming Lagos Governor, but “not immediately”


Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of Nigeria’s House of Representatives has hinted that if he has plan at all to become a Governor of Lagos State it will not be immediately.

The Speaker made it known in an interview on Channels TV on Tuesday.

According to him, the current Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu is carrying the state along with his developmental plans to position Lagos on the path of growth despite the crises that befell the state last year.

The Speaker made it known that the chief executive officer of the state is capable of handling the challenges due to his wealth of experience in the scheme of things and his leadership style.

He, therefore commended Sanwo-Olu for doing a “good job” in governing Lagos, stressing that he should not be distracted on the assignment.

“The present Governor of Lagos State (Sanwo-Olu) is doing a good job. The fact that we had a one-term Governor at one time doesn’t mean it is going to be the same forever. This Governor is doing a good job under the current circumstances. It’s been a difficult time in his last two-years and he has come out well. So, why should anyone upset the apple cart? I think he Sanwo-Olu is doing a good job.”

On rumours of his ambition of governing the state in 2023, he said had “no immediate plan” to contest adding that the task before him as Speaker of the National Assembly was enormous and tough enough for him to be distracted by the rumour.

“He said, “I don’t have any such plan and I don’t have immediate plan. I have a job I am doing right now; it’s a very tough job. Sometimes, it’s the most difficult job and I say it to people in the world. People don’t understand that, but this is not a forum I’m going to break it down.

“I don’t want distractions. I am working as a Speaker of the House of Representatives with a lot of responsibilities on my shoulder right now. Any other thing would be a distraction. As for Lagos State Governorship? I have not even thought about it. Why? Because, the present Governor is doing a good job.”


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