I'm sorry I voted for Tambuwal to be the speaker — Gbajabiamila


Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of the House of Representatives, has admitted that he now regrets having encouraged Aminu Tambuwal to become Speaker of the House in the 7th National Assembly.

During a meeting of the Joint Task - 10th Assembly, a coalition of members-elect from the All Progressives Congress and opposition parties for the next 10th National Assembly, Gbajabiamila made this known in Abuja on Wednesday night.

Gbajabiamila said, "I regret it," referring to earlier attempts by speakership contenders to defeat the selected candidates of their respective parties.

At the meeting, the coalition selected Tajudeen Abbas and Benjamin Kalu as the APC's official nominees for Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the 10th House, respectively.

childhood and education

Olufunke and Lateef Gbajabiamila welcomed Olufemi "Femi" Hakeem Gbajabiamila into the world on June 25, 1962 in Lagos, Nigeria. He went to Igbobi College in 1973 to finish his secondary school after attending Mainland Preparatory School for his basic education. He then registered for his A-Levels at King William's College on the Isle of Man in the United Kingdom.The University of Lagos in Nigeria accepted him In 1983, he earned his Bachelor of Law (LL.B.) with honors, and in 1984, he was admitted to the Nigerian bar

Before starting his own firm, Femi Gbaja & Co., he first worked in Lagos for Bentley Edu & Co. Afterward, he obtained his Juris Doctor from John Marshall Law School in Atlanta, Georgia, the United States.

a law practice in Atlanta after passing the Georgia bar exam in 2001. He actively engaged in Bill Campbell's election as mayor of Atlanta while he was still in the USA.

Electoral life

Gbajabiamila, who represents Lagos State's Surulere I seat, was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2003.

Members of the National Assembly have come under fire from Gbajabiamila for changing parties. He asserted that many voters elect candidates based on their party affiliation because they lack the information necessary to consider every possible viewpoint. With this in mind, he scolded floppers, saying the result "cannot be anything but negative."

Gbajabiamila served as the House of Representatives' Minority Leader. the seventh National Assembly He served as the chairman of the House of Representatives' special committee that was looking into allegations made by the Asset Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON) regarding debts owing by "Zenon Petroleum & Gas Limited" and "Forte Oil Plc" totaling 140.9 billion naira (around $1 billion). An investigation into the reported payment was requested by another lawmaker, Bimbo Daramola, who moved that the House form a panel to examine AMCON's claims that the two businesses owned by Femi Otedola have repaid the government of Nigeria for petroleum products that allegedly were not delivered as specified by the rules of the government's fuel subsidy program.[Reference needed]

If the payment was made, as Bimbo Daramola had suspected, it was "shrouded in secrecy." He received 283 votes, whereas Mohammed Umar Bago received 78 votes, to become speaker of the 9th National Assembly House of Representatives.

Allegations of corruption

Gbajabiamila and other lawmakers were charged with accepting bribes after the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) was passed in August 2021, despite strong public resistance to some of the legislation's provisions. According to Peoples Gazette reporting, payments totaling at least $10 million were made to lawmakers through arrangements made by Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Timipre Sylva and Akwa Ibom North-East Senator Bassey Albert Akpan, with Gbajabiamila and Senate President Ahmad Lawan each receiving between $1.5 million and $2 million.[Reference needed]

Several lawmakers confirmed the account, with several of them expressing rage rather than that Gbajabiamila and Lawan reportedly accepted bribes, but that other lawmakers claimed to have gotten $5,000 for representatives and $20,000 for senators, indicating that the money were not distributed equally among the politicians. Lawan, Sylva, Akpan, and Gbajabiamila all declined to comment on the report.

Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, a politician and attorney from Nigeria, was born on January 10, 1966. He has been the governor of Sokoto State since 2015. Tambuwal was the 10th Speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives from 2011 to 2015. He is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party.

From 2003 to 2015, Tambuwal served as an honored representative for the Tambuwal/Kebbe Federal Constituency of Sokoto State in the House of Representatives. He was chosen as the Sokoto South senator in the 10th National Assembly in 2023.

Childhood and education

Aminu was born on January 10, 1966, to Hausa parent Waziri Tambuwal in Tambuwal Village, Sokoto State.[Reference needed]

His first school leaving certificate was earned in Tambuwal, Sokoto State, where he attended Tambuwal Primary School.1979; Government Teachers' College in Dogon-Daji, where he earned his certificate as a teacher of grade 11 in 1984.[6] He subsequently continued on to Usman Dan Fodio University in Sokoto to pursue a legal education, earning an LLB (Hons) in 1991. He earned his BL and was admitted to the bar in 1992 after completing his one-year, required legal study at the Nigerian Law School in Lagos.

In addition to pursuing his legal education, he also took a number of courses abroad, including the Telecoms Regulatory Master Class at Bath University in the United Kingdom in 2004, Lawmaking for the Communications Sectors at BMIT in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2004, Regulating a Competitive Industry at UK Brussels in 2005, International Legislative Drafting at Tulane University in 2005, Influence and Negotiation at Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2008, and Infrastructure in Market Economy at KSG Harvard in 20.[Reference needed]

Electoral life

While serving as Senator Abdullahi Wali's personal assistant on legislative affairs from 1999 to 2000, Tambuwal began to learn the ins and outs of the legislative process.[Reference needed]

He made the decision to vie for a parliamentary position in the Kebbe/Tambuwal Federal Constituency in 2003. On the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) ticket, he won a seat in the House of Representatives.[Reference needed]

Along with Attahiru Bafarawa, the former governor of Sokoto State, he defected to the Democratic People's Party (DPP) a few months before the 2007 national elections. However, Tambuwal turned back to the ANPP after the DPP refused return tickets to former ANPP lawmakers. There, he eventually succeeded in getting a ticket for the election.[Reference needed]

However, the ANPP governorship candidate

In the 2007 election for Sokoto State, Alhaji Aliyu Wamakko switched from the party to the PDP, and Tambuwal did the same.[Reference needed]

Tambuwal served in a number of House positions. He was appointed House Minority Leader in 2005 and served in that capacity till he joined the PDP. He was chosen to serve as the Deputy Chief Whip after being re-elected to the House in 2007.[Reference needed]

Tambuwal served on a number of committees throughout the course of his career, including the House Committees on Rules & Business, Communications, Judiciary, Inter-Parliamentary, and Water Resources. He also participated in the Constitution Review Ad hoc Committee of the House. Ibrahim Waziri, his favorite child, was the key to his success after his birth.[Reference needed]

He presided over the special committee that examined the contentious report of the House Committee on Power's acting chairman, Ndudi Elumelu, who is also the chairman of the House Subcommittee on the Land Use Act Amendment Bill.[Reference needed]

He served as the head of the Nigerian delegation to the ACP-EU (African, Caribbean, Pacific, and European Union Parliamentary Assembly) and as vice chairman of its economic committee in April 2009, which was held in Prague, Czech Republic.[Reference needed]

On October 28, 2014, Tambuwal openly switched parties from the incumbent PDP to the opposition APC. A few days later, the Inspector General of Police withdrew his security details, a decision that Nigerians criticized as cruel and undemocratic.[Reference needed]

Mr. Olisa Agabakogba (SAN), a legal giant, believed that the police authority erred by removing Tambuwal's assistance because cops aren't supposed to interpret and apply the law.[Reference needed]

Tambuwal ran for and won the Sokoto State governorship election on April 11, 2015. He took office on May 29, 2015.[Reference needed]

Tabuawal abolished the entire State Executive Council on July 4, 2018.

On August 23, 2016, in Sokoto, Nigeria, before meeting with religious leaders and delivering a speech on combating violent extremism, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry posed for a photo with Sultan Muhammadu Sa'ad Abubakar and Governor of Sokoto Aminu Waziri Tambuwai.

On August 1, 2018, Tambuwal returned to the People's Democratic Party after leaving the All Progressive Congress. The Sokoto State governor's race on March 9 and In the March 22, 2019, Sokoto State supplementary election, Tambuwal won a second term as governor with 512,002 votes, defeating APC candidate Mr. Aliyu, who received 511,660 votes.

Tambuwal announced his candidacy for president in October 2018 and claimed he felt compelled to do so in order to "revive the dying economy". He made his statement shortly after Senate President Bukola Saraki declared that he was running for the PDP nomination, the main opposition party. Tambuwal was one of a long list of 12 contenders for the PDP presidential candidacy, including four from his region in the north-west. Tambuwal was one of the top four contenders in the race, along with Atiku Abubakar, Rabiu Kwankwaso, and Bukola Saraki. well anticipated victory based on political slants surrounding his campaign. His chances in the primary were improved by a number of circumstances, such as his relative youth among the competitors, his political experience, and his clean record from corruption indictment. Analysts had projected that Tambuwal, a northern Muslim, would pose a serious challenge to incumbent President Muhammad Buhari, who was seeking reelection, should he win the PDP nomination

The principal supporter of Tambuwal's PDP nomination was Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike. There were rumors that Governor Wike supported Tambuwal because he wanted to be Tambuwal's running mate for the presidency if the PDP nominated him. However, there have been reports from rival candidates that Wike intended to rig the primary results in favor of Tambuwal. Their anxiety come from the fact that Wike had a disproportionate amount of power over the party's National Executive Committee (NEC), having installed Uche Secondus as its chairman by himself. The fact that Wike was the party's largest financier and the primary would be held in his state, where he wields such sway, added to the concern about primary manipulation. A few candidates for the presidency urged the party's National Working Committee to relocate the convention from Port Harcourt to a neutral site where Wike would not have as much sway. In response, Wike warned that if the convention was held somewhere other than Rivers State, it would polarize the party. Tambuwal received 693 delegates, placing him in second place behind Atiku Abubakar, who received 1,532.

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