The Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, on Sunday in Abuja declared his intention to run for the position of Speaker of the House of Representatives saying he is prepared for the role.
Gbajabiamila made his declaration while addressing an audience of lawmakers, journalists and well-wishers.
Gbajabiamila said he sought the office to bring government closer to the people and tagged his campaign ‘Nation building, a joint task.’
Flanked by about 50 members-elect while he read his speech, the House Leader said he would work to serve the people if elected.
“I seek the office of the Speaker to bring our tendencies together and unite us as a country. I seek the office of the Speaker to bring governance even closer to the people.
“I seek the office of the Speaker to mentor the next generation. I seek the office of the Speaker so I can use the bully pulpit to galvanise Honourable members to make life more abundant for every Nigerian irrespective of tribe, religious background or political persuasion.
“There is so much work to be done by way of legislation in many areas of our life including but not limited to education, health, power, infrastructure and alleviation of poverty. I believe many of these deficits can be addressed through meaningful and impactful legislation.
“Historically the House of Representatives was established to be the people’s House and for the people‘s business. It follows therefore that the Speaker must be the people’s Speaker elected to do the people‘s business and champion their cause and in doing so fulfilling their hopes and aspiration.
“This is the Speaker I intend and hope to be and the House I intend and hope to lead (as) a People‘s House.
“I have spent the last four years in doing my best to stabilise the House, whilst exploring and studying how best legislators can unleash the full potentials of this country. I have taken copious mental and physical notes and its time for implementation,” he said.