Femi Gbajabiamila, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, has said he regrets ever supporting Aminu Tambuwal to become the speaker of the 7th National Assembly.
Recall that Tambuwal emerged the Speaker of the House of Representatives in 2011 with the support of key members of the Green Chamber.
Tambuwal is now an outgoing two-term Governor of Sokoto State.
“I regret it,” Gbajabiamila stated while recalling the previous attempts by speakership aspirants to oppose the chosen candidates of their respective parties.
The Speaker made these remarks in Abuja on Wednesday night during a meeting of the Joint Task – 10th Assembly, a coalition of members-elect from the All Progressives Congress and opposition parties for the upcoming 10th National Assembly.
During the meeting, the coalition adopted Tajudeen Abbas and Benjamin Kalu as the anointed candidates of the APC for the positions of Speaker and Deputy Speaker, respectively, for the 10th House.
Before Gbajabiamila spoke, Senator Godswill Akpabio, the APC candidate for President of the Senate, accompanied the Speaker into the venue, delivered a brief remark, and then left.
The meeting is currently ongoing at the Transcorp Hilton in Abuja as of the time of filing this report.
However, Tambuwal will be returning to the National Assembly as a Senator representing Sokoto South Senatorial District having served as three term Federal House of Representatives member representing Kebbe/Tambuwal federal constituency where he emerged as the Speaker between 2011 to 2015.