The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has quashed the notion that he is a stooge of a National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
Concise News reports that Gbajabiamila, while speaking at a reception dinner organised for him by the Lagos state government, described the insinuation as “ridiculous”.
According to NAN, the dinner was attended by prominent personalities including Gov. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State and Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau State.
Bola Tinubu; a former governor of Ogun State Chief Segun Osoba; and a former governor of Oyo State Sen. Abiola Ajumobi were also among those present.
Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, were with Gbajabiamila to receive guests at the dinner.
He said he was indebted to Tinubu for inspiring him politically and helping to nurture his career.
Gbajabiamila said without Tinubu, he would not have gotten to where he is.
The speaker said he found the narrative before the House leadership election that a vote him was giving the Speakership to Tinubu very ridiculous.
He said those peddling that were doing so out of ignorance, as Tinubu only wanted the good of the country.
Gbajabiamila thanked the state government for the reception dinner, saying he felt really loved by the gesture.
Speaking, Sanwo-Olu described Gbajabiamila as a very cerebral and competent lawmaker.
He said the state was proud to see him emerge as the Speaker of the ninth House of Representatives.
The governor, while congratulating Gbajabiamila, said people expect so much from him.
He urged him to use his office to better the lot of the people.
The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ahmed Wase; Rep. Abdulmumin Jibrin and other members of the green chamber spoke in turns, highlighting the leadership qualities of Gbajabiamila.