Gbajabiamila, Faleke Battle Over Chief Of Staff, Speakership Positions
Ahead of the inauguration of the president-elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, there are indications that some of his allies are already at loggerheads over the offices of Chief of Staff and Speaker.
Femi Gbajabiamila, the current Speaker of the House of Representatives, and his fellow Lagos lawmaker, James Faleke, are said to be at war over the two important positions.
Faleke, who represents Ikeja Federal Constituency, is believed to be the original choice for the Chief of Staff office having worked closely with Tinubu over the last two decades and most recently as secretary of the presidential campaign council.
He is also said to be interested in the position of Speaker and has been desperately marketing his candidate to the President-elect as the most suitable candidate.
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Gbajabiamila, on the other hand, is now tipped as the favourite for the Chief of Staff position having seriously intensified lobbying since Tinubu’s emergence.
And like Faleke, Gbajabiamila, who is a member-elect, also has his eyes on the job of the Speaker and intends to foist his loyalist on the House of Representatives.
However, a source who spoke to our correspondent but demanded anonymity, categorically confirmed that the President-elect is more comfortable with the choice of members and has refused to endorse any of the two candidates.
The source said: “Tinubu is ready to work with any member of the House that is a product of his colleague’s decisions after all the consultations.
“It is so shameful that in 2023, two politicians are at war over positions that they may ultimately not occupy,” a top government official said.
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“Gbajabiamila and Faleke are probably the two most selfish individuals close to the President-elect. They are only interested in themselves and not what is best for Nigerians.
“Both men are fighting dirty over the Chief of Staff position. As if that is not bad enough, they want to still control the House of Representatives by planting their stooges. As crazy as it may seem, it is the reality.
“But thank God for His Excellency, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu. Our President-elect is a Democrat who has given the members-elect the liberty to choose their leaders. By so doing, the wicked motives of Gbaja and Faleke are defeated.
“Nigerians must know that the President-elect is concerned about good governance. He is not ready to favour his so-called loyalists. In the end, he wants a robust team of competent, transparent, and result-driven Nigerians, especially as heads of the 10th National Assembly”.
He, however, advised the lawmakers-elect to vote for their independent choices and not get carried away by anyone presented by Gbajabiamila or Faleke.
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The insider added that none of them has the blessing of Tinubu and are out for their selfish interests.
UPDATED: Why I Resigned From PDP – Sen. Urhoghide
Senator Mathew Urhoghide, representing Edo South Senatorial District, on Wednesday announced his resignation from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
This was contained in a letter to the acting chairman of the party and made available to newsmen in Benin.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Public Account in the letter, said that the decision was due to the irreconcilable differences and squabbles within the PDP at the national and in the state.
His letter reads in part: “I write to formally inform you and entire member of the PDP that I am resigning my membership of the party, effective immediately.
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“My decision arose out of the negative political energy emanating at the moment from the irreconcilable differences and squabbles within the PDP at the national level and especially in my dear state.
“These squabble have spiked to the level that have made it impossible for someone who is a confirmed democrat to function and grow as I envisage in my political journey
“This letter is fulfilling the promise I made to the leader of the PDP that I will consult and inform formally when and if I decided to step out of the PDP.
” I am grateful to the party which yielded me the opportunity to achieve the mission of serving as a two-term Senator .
“Which afforded me the opportunity to express my self and in a way that I have been able to affect my senatorial district,” he said.
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Urhoghide noted that the opportunity has helped him to build lasting friendship within the national and state party hierarchy and at the Senate.
He added: “These friendship I shall draw on going forward, and above all imbibed in me knowledge and experience that I could not have gotten anywhere else.”
Urhighide, however, solicited for prayer as he took the bold step in the belief that it was the purpose of the almighty God in his interference in the affairs of men.
Edo 2024: Edo Senator, Urhoghide, Resigns Membership Of PDP
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State has lost the membership of Senator Matthew Aisagbonriodion Urhoghide, an influential member and leader of the party in the state.
Urhoghide is the current senator representing Edo South in the National Assembly.
Urhoghide’s resignation is contained in a letter sent to the press of the senate today.
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The former Senator is rumored to be oiling his political machinery to contest the 2024 governorship election in the stats on the platform of the Labour Party.
Wike No Longer In PDP, Says NEC member
A member of the Peoples Democratic Party’s National Executive Committee, Timothy Osadolor, says the immediate-past governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, is no longer a member of the party, given his conduct before, during and after the 2023 general elections.
Osadolor, who gave the hint in a telephone conversation with The PUNCH on Tuesday, noted that the leadership of the party had decided to isolate Wike and render him inconsequential in the affairs of the PDP.
According to him, Wike’s recent public outings wherein he appeared to be leaning towards the All Progressives Congress, give him away as a man in perpetual craving for the spotlight at all times and regardless of the cost to his image as an opposition political leader.
He said, “The PDP has ignored Wike because the man is no longer himself. There are more ways to deal with people apart from sanctioning them. You can keep someone in isolation. He (Wike) can boast that he is the one that stayed away but is it not better to stay away than come to party activities and nobody wants to associate with you? He has been given a cold treatment because he went to court to procure a judgment that says he cannot be suspended but there is no judgment that says he cannot be avoided. That is what the PDP has been doing to him and technically, if Wike wants to say the truth, he will tell you that he is no longer a member of the PDP. No PDP leader or member behaves the way he does.”
But in a swift reaction, a chieftain of the PDP and immediate past Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Chris Finebone, said Wike remained a bona fide member of the opposition party.
Describing Osadolor’s comments as wishful thinking, Finebone said he does not have any power to speak for the party.
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He stated, “We can’t identify who he represents, but I think it is wishful thinking. It is wishful thinking and the man who is said to have said that is inconsequential as far as we are concerned.
“And so, whatever he has said is of no effect. His Excellency, the former Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, is 110 per cent a member of PDP and nothing has changed. And nothing can change it.”
On the accusation that Wike has been hobnobbing with Tinubu, he said it was petty and frivolous.
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