In a normal clime bereft of ethnic and regional bias, Femi Gbajabiamila, should ordinarily be the unopposed candidate for the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives.
However, we are not in a normal clime!
After losing out to Yakubu Dogara in the race for Speaker, some leaders of the All Progressives Congress, are hell bent on making sure he gets a leadership position in the 8th House of Representatives.
But most of the stakeholders of the APC are said to be opposed to Gbajabiamila emerging Majority Leader, owing to the fact that he is from the South-West region.
Although the party believes that Gbajabiamila deserves to be compensated with another position, major stakeholders insist that his region has had its fair share of positions, with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Deputy Speaker, Yusuf Sulaimon Lasun, belonging to the South West.
According to Vanguard newspapers, the National Chairman of the APC, John Oyegun, is among those spearheading the campaign for Gbajabiamila to become Majority Leader.
Oyegun is reported to have already met with the former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, to seek his assistance as well as Dogara and the newly elected senate president,Dr. Bukola Saraki.
It is however, believed that most of them have so far, declined to support the request simply because “conceding the majority leader of the House to the same west zone would be against the spirit of equity, justice and fairness to other zones.”
As it stands, Gbajabiamila’s fate hangs in the balance while the matter is expected to be a major topic when the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT) meet on Tuesday, June 16.