The 2015 election has come and gone with the All Progressives Congress emerging victorious not only at the Federal Level, but now in control of more states. No doubt, the All Progressives Youth Forum (APYF-Lagos) played more than a passing role in bringing about the desired Change by following the part that lesser mortals trail; combining our bold heart with a sound mind and using all platforms to campaign for CHANGE.
With President-elect Muhammadu Buhari’s victory, we therefore cannot but take interest in ensuring the emergence of a virile legislature that will effectively complement the All Progressives Congress (APC) led executive.
The House of Representatives comes to mind here, and who becomes Speaker is crucial in this regard. The APC has quite competent ranking house members but one man stands out of the pack with unparalleled vibrancy, articulate presentation, oratory prowess and uncanny ability to be the voice of the common man.
This is none other than the Minority leader, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, representing Surulere Federal Constituency I.
When you do well, it is then you will become acceptable. Femi Gbajabiamila needs no introduction as he has become a household name on account of his leadership of the opposition caucus and the energy with which he passionately defends the over-ridding interests of the generality of Nigerians in the house.
Apart from a cognate experience spanning 12 years, Mr Gbajabiamila has also been able to build bridges of friendship across political divides which will enhance his ability to help the APC pass its crucial reform legislation with little or no opposition.
Some crucial bills sponsored by Gbabiamila include: Nigerian Communications Commission Act (Amendment) Bill, 2013 with objective to track usage of communication terminals by terrorists; Central Bank of Nigeria (Amendment) Bill, 2012 with objective to strengthen the nation’s monetary policy; building and Public Infrastructures Protection Bill, 2011 with objective to enable maintenance of public buildings and infrastructure among others.
Having been a founding member of the APC that understand its vision and share its ideals, the APYF believes Hon Femi Gbajabiamila is better placed to support the President-elect to put this country back on the right track.
The independence of the legislature enhances the separation of powers which is key for the sustenance of democracy. With Gbajabiamila’s strong personality, APYF believes this will be guaranteed.
That is why we, the All Progressives Youth Forum (APYF-Lagos) are throwing our weight behind Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila to become the Speaker of the 8th House of Representatives.
We urge House of Rep members across the length and breadth of the country to rally round Gbajabiamila and support his emergence as Speaker.
Let’s put a “square peg in a square hole” and Nigeria will be better for it!
Coordinator, Lagos APYF