As House Leader of the then CAN, Femi did all the ground work that led to the subversion of the will of the then PDP and the emergence of Tambuwal as speaker by a wide margin of 250 to 90.
On 9th June, 2015 Hon. Gbajabiamila had a taste of a painful defeat for the speaker of the House despite the backing of his party. Same way it played out in 2011; when the PDP presented Hon Mulikat Adeola and Hon. Femi and co subverted the idea.
This was how Hon Gbajabiamila reacted 2011
“Tambuwal Was Made Speaker By House Members Not PDP” – Gbajabiamilla
The Nigerian House of Representatives Minority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, has dismissed the Peoples Democratic Party’s demand that the Speaker of the House, Aminu Tambuwal, who defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday should do the needful, saying it is a threat that bears no consequence on the speaker.
Mr Gbajabiamila stressed that the Speaker was elected by the members of the House across all the political parties and not just the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members.
But for Mr Gbajabiamila, the demand by PDP is an empty threat that the speaker is not expected to obey, since he, Tambuwal had not enjoyed the support of the PDP right from the day he was picked as the speaker in deviance to PDP’s choice of candidate.
“The members decided to chose him based on the stipulations of the constitution.
“He did not come to the speakership of the House through the PDP. The PDP does not want him any longer. They have tried to remove him several times, so he has to leave the party.
“I can’t understand the pain of PDP, he came in as speaker not basically as a result of PDP support but as a result of support of the entire house. He had over 250 votes while the PDP nominee had only 90 votes. It was because of the support of the members of the the House that he became the speaker. It tells you how much support he has in the House.
“I don’t see anything changing that much and the sooner that the PDP understand that if the members of the House says they want a person as a speaker, that is who the House wants,” he added.