The spokesman of the House of Representatives, Hon. Gaza Jonathan Gbefwi, reported yesterday that the face-off between the speaker, Yakubu Dogara and majority leader, Femi Gbajabiamila over committee selection has been amicably resolved.
“The two leaders (Dogara and Gbajabiamila) had a meeting yesterday (Tuesday) and I believe that they were able to reach an amicable resolution and everything is okay. They are ready to give Nigerians the direction that they want.” the deputy chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs told journalists during a briefing.
When asked to confirm the reports that Gbajabiamila “begged” the speaker, Gbefwi parried the question.
Meanwhile, Gbefwi declared yesterday that there is no plan to reconstitute the newly inaugurated House Standing Committees. He said the 96 Standing Committees have already begun oversight of government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) under their watch.
The House has been embroiled in crisis over the composition of the committees with All Progressives Congress (APC) loyalists of the House majority leader, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila accusing Speaker Yakuba Dogara of saddling members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with key committees expected to drive the “change agenda” of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Gbajabiamila-led APC loyalist group has called for a review of first-rate committees in favour of the APC majority.
On Tuesday, a plot to remove Gbajabiamila filtered through the National Assembly. A text circulated by a unknown group “Members United For Change” to the 360 members of the House and obtained by LEADERSHIP read: “Honourable colleagues how long can we continue to condone the irresponsible efforts of the House Leader to derail the peace and unity of the House, is he the only member in Nigeria? -Leadership