If You Step Down For My Candidate, You Will Enjoy More Patronage After Sanwo-Olu’s Exit In 2023, Gbajabiamila Assures Surulere Chairmanship Aspirants

“This is an order, and you all know where such order is coming from. You all know that I have just one leader ( Asiwaju Bola Tinubu); I don’t have two. And, this is the way to go”

Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has assured those who agree to step down for his loyalists in the forthcoming local government election in Lagos state slated for July 24 of more patronage when he takes over from Sanwo-Olu in 2023.

Gbajabiamila who met with some of the chairmanship aspirants to step down for his protege, Sule Yusuf, said the national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has ‘sanctioned’ the imposition.

An audio recording of the meeting has Gbajabiamila telling the aspirants his instruction to them was an “order from above”.

He said: “Leaders at the topmost echelon of the party, when the list (of aspirants) emerged, beckoned on me. They said, ‘Mr. Speaker nine aspirants are vying for chairmanship position in your constituency, which is untoward’.

He added: “We cannot be from the same family and not able to talk to ourselves. Stones are not used in purchasing party nomination forms; I do not know the aspirants have such money as to be able to purchase nomination forms in their numbers and they would be saying there is no money.”

“Though we know we are practicing democracy, but, on the other hand, it is a shameful thing ( to have aspirants in such numbers). It will turn friends into foes.

“It does not augur well to see nine chairmanship aspirants file out for the primaries because such development portends unforseen consequences. We must find how to streamline the number of aspirants.

“This is an order, and you all know where such order is coming from. You all know that I have just one leader ( Asiwaju Bola Tinubu); I don’t have two. And, this is the way to go”.

However, one of the chairmanship aspirants has opposed Gbajabiamila’s 

order. 

He is Idris Aregbe. In a statement he issued, Aregbe, who is Lagos APC Youth Organising Secretary, said he is banking on his popularity among “youths, women, children, and seasoned politicians within and outside Surulere”. He also vowed not to step down for Sulaiman Yussuf.

Similarly, councillorship aspirants were equally told to forego their aspirations in order to allow the nine incumbent councillors emerge consensus candidates for the July 24, 2021 local government polls.

According to multiple sources, Speaker  Gbajabiamila allegedly promised an aspirant juicy appointments and contracts when he takes over from Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu as governor of Lagos State in 2023.

So far, nine chairmanship aspirants indicated interest to contest the office. They include Funmi Braithwaith, Bamidele Hussien, Sulaiman Yussuf, Idris Aregbe, Billy Balogun, and Bisoye Kuti. Some among the aspirants are said to have accepted to step down.

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