Former Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila has resigned from the House of Representatives to formally take up his new role as Chief of Staff to the president.
There had been earlier reports that he planned to resign today as a member of the lower chamber of the national assembly
His letter of resignation was presented on the floor of the house and read by the newly elected Speaker, Tajudeen Abbas, before the honourable members.
Abbas subsequently declared his Surulere I Federal Constituency vacant in line with section 68 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
Section 68 of the 1999 constitution provides that a “Member of the Senate or of the House of Representatives shall vacate his seat in the House of which he is a member if –
“He becomes President, Vice-President, Governor, Deputy Governor or a Minister of the Government of the Federation or a Commissioner of the Government of a State or a Special Adviser.
Gbajabiamila said his resignation is to enable him to assume the role of chief of staff to President Bola Tinubu.
Before tendering his resignation letter, Gbajbiamila had moved the first motion of urgent public importance in the 10th House on the “Need to Commence Active Measures to Mitigate the Probable Devastation of a Severe Flood Season and prepare Palliative Intervention to Prevent the worst Socio-Economic Consequences for Nigerians in the Affected Areas.”
What you should know
Gbajabiamila was first elected into the House of Representatives to represent Surulere 1 Federal Constituency of Lagos State and had variously served as Minority Whip, Minority Leader, Majority Leader, and Speaker of the House.
Recall that on June 2, President Bola Tinubu appointed Femi Gbajabiamila, as his Chief of Staff.
Gbajabiamila in his acceptance of the new role thanked the president for finding him worthy of being his Chief of Staff promising to give his best when he assumes office on June 14.