Gabajabiamila Makes History As He Emerges Speaker

The second time bid of All Progressive Congress (APC) top aspirant, Honorable Femi Gbajabiamila as speaker of House of Representatives has become a resounding success. understands that Gbajabiamila garnered the total votes of Two Hundred and eighty-Three (283) to defeat his opponent, Hon Mohammed Bago who acquired total votes of Seventy Seven (77).

With this development, Honorable Femi Gbajabiamila has been elected the 9th speaker of the National Assembly.

This is a watershed moment in the annals of the country political history and it is unprecedented because the speaker of the National Assembly is emanating from Lagos State.

Femi Gbajabiamila is Nigerian Lawyer who was born June 25, 1962, into the family of Lateef and Olufunke Gbajabiamila.

He attended Igbobi College in Yaba, Lagos, King William’s College on the Isle of Man, United Kingdom, Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, United States, and the University of Lagos, Nigeria.

He started his elementary education in Lagos at the Mainland Preparatory School at the age of four and proceeded to Igbobi College, Yaba, Lagos in 1973 for his secondary education and graduated around 1978.

After completion of his secondary education in Nigeria, he enrolled at the King Williams College, Isle of Man, United Kingdom for his ‘A Levels’ where he graduated at the top of his class around 1980. Upon his return to Nigeria, the young Olufemi was accepted into the University of Lagos, Nigeria for a three-year LLB (Bachelor of Law) degree programme. He graduated with honours in 1983 and proceeded to the Nigerian Law school and was called to the Nigerian bar in 1984.

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As a young lawyer, Femi Gbajabiamila started his career with the prestigious law firm of Bentley, Edu and Co, a Lagos based law firm where he distinguished himself as a brilliant legal practitioner.

As intellectually adventurous as ever, Femi stepped out on his own and established his own law firm, Femi Gbaja and Co. on Broad Street, Lagos where he was a principal partner. To further his education, Gbajabiamila decided to go back to school, this time in the United States.

He attended John Marshall Law School in Atlanta Georgia where he graduated top of his class earning himself a Juris Doctorate. After passing his Georgia bar exams in 2001 he set up a law firm in Atlanta Georgia where he practised law until his return to Nigeria though with the issue of being banned from Practice in same Georgia.

In 2014, Femi Gbajabiamila as the Leader of Opposition in the House of Representatives led his colleagues into the merger that gave birth to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Under Femi’s leadership of the APC caucus in the House, the party increased its numbers, earning them the majority. Upon his re-election into the House of Representatives in 2015,

Gbajabiamila presented himself to his colleagues as an aspirant for the Speakership seat in the House.

He narrowly lost the election to the present Speaker Yakubu Dogara in an election which Femi Gbajabiamila himself described as an act of God. Due to his wide acceptance within the party and his members, he was overwhelmingly elected Leader of the 8th House of Representatives on July 28, 2015.

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He has shown himself a loyal party member dedicated to party ideals that will improve the lives of the average Nigerian and has reiterated over the years that this is what true leadership is about.

Of his personal resources, Femi has established various programs in his constituency to improve the lives of his primary constituents many of who regard him as a true and worthy leader. Femi is married with children and likes to read and travel in his precious spare moments.

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