Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila has dismissed speculations that he intends to contest the 2023 Lagos governorship election.
The Speaker said the thought of contesting the number one position in Lagos State has never crossed his mind.
He added that Governor Babajide Sanwi-Olu was doing a great job in the current situation.
Gbajabiamila, then hinted that incumbent Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State may get a second term ticket.There have been speculations that Sanwo-Olu would be denied the second term ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) because of the treatment given to his predecessor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, in 2019.
Under the current democratic dispensation, Ambode is the only governor to have spent a single term as Lagos governor.
Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Mr Babatunde Fashola both spent two terms as governors.
But speaking in an interview on Channels TV, on Tuesday morning, Gbajabiamila said, “The fact that we had a one term Governor doesn’t mean it will be the same forever.”
There have been speculations that Sanwo-Olu would be denied the second term ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) because of the treatment given to his predecessor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, in 2019.
Asked if he is interested in the position, Gbajabiamila, who is an inidigene of Lagos, said he is occupied with his assignment as the number four man in the country.
Responding to the question, he said, “That provokes a smile. No, I don’t have any such plan. I have a job I am doing right now. It is a tough job, very tough job. I don’t want any distraction. I am working as a Speaker of the House of Representatives with a lot of responsibilities on my shoulder right now.
Gbajabiamila said the thought of contesting any election at this point will distract him from his current engagement.
He said:”I have a job that I am doing presently. I don’t want any distraction. I have told those close to me that I want to concentrate on the job I am doing.
“I don’t have any plan to be governor. The current governor is doing a great job. The fact that we had a one-time governor before does not mean things will always be like that.
“He has done well in the midst of the difficult time we have had.”
The Speaker said he will want to be remembered as a lawmaker who came, got into a position and used it to work for the betterment of the country.