Femi Gbajabiamila

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Femi Gbajabiamila
House Majority Leader
Assumed office
May 29, 2015
President Muhammadu Buhari
Leader Yakubu Dogara
Preceded by Ayoola Oshodi
Constituency Surulere I Federal Constituency
Representative for Surulere I
Assumed office
2003
Personal details
Born June 1962
Nationality Nigerian
Political party All Progressives Congress
Profession Lawyer

Femi Gbajabiamila (born June 25, 1962, surname also spelled Gbaja-Biamila and Gbajabiamila) is a Nigerian lawyer, All Progressives Congress Leader, and House Leader of Nigeria's 8th House of Representatives.

Education and personal life[edit]

Gbaja Biamila attended Igbobi College in Yaba, Lagos, King William's College on the Isle of Man, United Kingdom,[1] Atlanta's John Marshall Law School, United States, and the University of Lagos in Lagos.[2]

Political career[edit]

Gbaja Biamila was elected to the House in 2003, and re-elected in 2007. He represents the Surulere I constituency of Lagos State (see Nigerian National Assembly delegation from Lagos) in the House of Representatives.[2] He is the House's Majority Leader.[3]

Gbaja Biamila has criticized members of Congress for switching parties. He suggested that many voters don't have access to the information to make choices based on every individual stance, and therefore are sometimes only voting for candidates based on their party alignment. He criticized floppers with this in mind, saying the effect "cannot be anything but negative."[4]

Gbajabiamila was the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives in the 7th National Assembly.[5] He was head of the House of Representatives ad hoc committee investigating claims by the Asset Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON) that 140.9 Billion Naira (about $1Bn), which was owed by 'Zenon Petroleum & Gas Limited' and 'Forte Oil Plc', has been paid. The call for investigation of the reported payment was made by another lawmaker, Bimbo Daramola who moved the motion that the House set up a panel to verify the claims by AMCON that the Femi Otedola-owned two companies have paid back the money which the government of Nigeria paid for petroleum products reportedly not delivered as agreed upon by the dictates of the government's fuel subsidy scheme.

Bimbo Daramola had suspected that the payment, if truly made, was "shrouded in secrecy."[6]

Gbajabiamila caused outrage and suspicion he was living beyond his legal means when he gifted his wife a Mercedes G-Wagon, which costs in the region of $300,000, for her 50th birthday; this excluded the cost of the 1-day lavish party itself. All these is despite the fact his only known source of income is from a political position with earnings of less than $25,000 a year. [7] [8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ibiam, Agha (2004-02-07). "Gbaja-Biamila: Shocked Beyond Belief..." Thisday. BNW. Retrieved 2007-11-11. 
  2. ^ a b "Hon. Femi Gbaja Biamila". National Assembly website. National Assembly of Nigeria. Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2007-10-23. 
  3. ^ "They Offered Me Bribe - Etteh". Daily Champion. AllAfrica Global Media. 2007-10-22. Retrieved 2007-10-23. 
  4. ^ "Interview". femigbajabiamila.com/. 
  5. ^ National Assembly (2011). "HON. GBAJABIAMILA FEMI". 
  6. ^ John Ameh (October 12, 2012). "Reps Panel to Probe N140.9bn". Punch. 
  7. ^ https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/video-femi-gbajabiamila-gives-wife-a-mercedes-benz-g-wagon-with-plate-number-assurance-253003.html
  8. ^ http://saharareporters.com/2018/06/18/heda-urges-efcc-probe-gbajabiamila-over-n75m-n100m-%E2%80%98assurance%E2%80%99-gift-wife

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