Thursday, July 30, 2015
Speaker Yakubu Dogara of the House of Reps succumbed to pressures from the APC and named Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila as House Majority Leader, and by that, drew the curtain on the lingering crisis that has trailed the chamber since its inauguration last June. According to reports, among those who put pressure on the Speaker was President Muhammadu Buhari who reportedly put in a phone call to Dogara following a last-minute meeting with APC national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. But presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, denied knowledge of any interaction between the President and the Speaker prior to the pronouncement on the floor of the House. Following the resolution of the crisis, Speaker Dogara charged the legislators to proceed to discharge the issues that brought them to Abuja, saying they had wasted enough time on issues of aggrandizement.