Emir of Kano, El-Rufai begged Tinubu to support me for Speakership – Gbajabiamila

The Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has revealed that Emir of Kano, Muhammed Sanusi II, as well as the governor-elect of Kaduna, Nasir el-Rufai, have interceded on his behalf with National leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, to support his ambition to be Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Gbajabiamila also denied the widespread belief that he was the candidate of the the APC leader for the speakership of the 8th Assembly.
The lawmaker spoke in Abuja on Wednesday, while meeting with Peoples Democratic Party members-elect in continuation of his campaign for the position.
“I have led the opposition for the past eight years with the best of my ability. I have faced a lot of threats and intimidation to life right from the time of (Olusegun) Obasanjo up to about two weeks ago.
“The way I stick my neck for the opposition, I seek to do same for Nigeria as speaker. I want this campaign to be about issues and hoped it would be that way, but I heard a lot of many negative stories. I tried to maintain dignified silence, but I want to set the record straight now.
“I intend to be speaker not for anbody. Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu has not hand in it. Lamido Sanusi left his palace in Kano and pleaded with him to support me. He didn’t get a clear answer.
“Shortly after that, Senator Lawan Shuaibu went to Tinubu on the same issue. He still did not respond until when few weeks ago, Nasiru El-Rufai went to meet him, then he said maybe this man has some appeal.
“In 2011, some members from the North went to him to suggest that I should be Tambuwal’s deputy, but he said no to that.”

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