We’ve resolved Dogara, Gbajabiamila face-off, say Reps



Insists no going back on standing committees

THE leadership of the House of Representatives has resolved the differences between its Speaker, Yakubu Dogara and the House Majority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, over the composition of the various standing committees announced recently.

Addressing newsmen at a conference in Abuja yesterday, Deputy Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Jonathan Gaza, revealed that the resolution of the protracted face-off came following a meeting on Tuesday between Dogara and Gbajabiamila, where both leaders agreed to sheath their swords and work together for the benefit of Nigerians.

Gaza said, “Dogara and Gbajabiamila had a meeting yesterday (Tuesday) and I believe that they were able to reach an amicable resolution and everything is okay. They are ready to give Nigerians the direction that they want.”‎

Recall that the face-off recently assumed a fresh dimension on Tuesday, as there were moves by scores of All Progressives Congress (APC) members of the lower legislative chamber to oust the House leader from office.

The plot, it was learnt, was not unconnected with the decision by Gbajabiamila and his APC loyalists group to boycott the inauguration of the 96 special and House standing committees held on Monday this week.

A text message was circulated to members ahead of Tuesday’s sitting to shore up support for the move and pass a vote of no confidence on Gbajabiamila.

The text message obtained by newsmen reads: “Honorable colleagues, how long can we continue to condone the irresponsible efforts of the House Leader to derail the peace and unity of the House? Is he the only member in Nigeria? His absence at the special session today clearly shows his intentions and his unsuitability for this position. Enough is enough. It is time for change. Gbaja Must go! Join us in declaring a vote of no confidence in the House Leader! Members United For Change‎.”

The House deputy spokesman also debunked claims that two lawmakers were engaged in a fisticuff on Tuesday during a caucus meeting of APC members adding, “the claims are false.”

“The two lawmakers that were said to have allegedly fought, those mentioned, today (Wednesday) on the floor have affirmed that they did not fight. They are friends,” he said.

Meanwhile, the House has announced that there was no going back on the reconsideration of the composition of the various standing committees, adding that work by the panel members had already commenced.

Gaza, who made the position known, said: “With regards to the drama in the House, I find it amusing. As far as I am concerned, there was none. If at the various caucuses, maybe something like that happened. For that, I do not know. Committees have been inaugurated and we have started work. We have gone far in passing that threshold. As for the rejection of committees by some aggrieved members, that is old news‎.”

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