‘Let’s allow the system to work’ — Femi Gbajabiamila speaks on speculation of his appointment as COS
Femi Gbajabiamila, the outgoing speaker of the house of representatives, says those who are speculating about his appointment as president Bola Tinubu’s chief of staff (COS) should allow the “system to work.”
There were reports on Thursday that Gbajabiamila had been appointed as the new president’s chief of staff.
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At a meeting between Tinubu and security chiefs at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, according to the reports, the speaker was introduced as the COS.
After the meeting, Gbajabiamila declined to confirm the allegations, telling reporters, “Let’s allow the system to work.”
“Be patient, be patient. The system functions in its own manner. Let’s allow the system to function,” added the lawmaker.
“We’ll see, we’ll see, we’ll see. “Thank you so much!”
On his part, Senate President Ahmed Lawan referred to the report as “speculations” and asserted that the speaker possesses all the qualifications necessary to hold the position.
He added that Gbajabiamila would be a suitable candidate for the position of chief of staff because the position requires someone with “extensive knowledge of legislation.”
“I anticipate the announcement. You are making a guess. You are aware that you are in the media. I’m not,” Lawan said.
“There are rumours that the speaker of the House of Representatives will be appointed chief of staff. First, I pray that it will come to pass. If that occurs, Mr. President will have made a prudent choice.
“At this time, you require a chief of staff with extensive experience in the areas of legislation and executive cooperation, which the speaker of the house has spearheaded.
“He has an excellent network and the necessary support. And when that occurs, you know that this administration will be the legislative administration.
“You have a president who was a senator, a vice president who was a senator, and our potential chief of staff designate, the speaker of the house of representatives, has been a member of the National Assembly for twenty years.
“Therefore, this administration should have no trouble communicating with the tenth national assembly because they have all been through the national assembly system and are familiar with the sentiments and sensibilities of national assembly members.”
Gbajabiamila refuted rumours in March that he was lobbying for the position after being re-elected to the national assembly.
Gbajabiamila stated, “I know nothing about that chief of staff thing.”
“All I heard was that I didn’t pick up my certificate last week, and as a result, someone concluded that I must be in queue for the office because I didn’t care about my obligation.