Where he belonged in the leadership equation in the House of Representatives in the wake of the June 9 election of Speaker Yakubu Dogara was initially shrouded in secrecy. But it has now emerged that Hon. Saheed Fijabi representing Ibadan South-west/Ibadan North-west in the House pitched his tent with those who worked against the position of the leadership of the governing All Progressives Congress over the sharing of the National Assembly principal offices. His dress was torn in the commotion and free-for-all which followed attempts to announce the remaining leadership positions in the House two weeks ago. But if you are still in doubt about where Hon. Fijabi stood in the equation and how he might have voted in the June 9 election in the House, read the statement by the APC’s Director of Publicity and Strategy in Oyo State, Mr. Olawale Sadare, quoted in part here:
“As patriotic citizens and committed change agents, Oyo APC leadership and its members are embarrassed by the current situation in both chambers of the National Assembly. And as a responsible and loyal chapter which appreciates the fundamental of party supremacy, we identify with the position of the national headquarters of our great party which revolves around decency, discipline and national interest.
“We are very much aware of the inglorious roles played by some of our members elected as federal lawmakers, who conspired with Peoples Democratic Party, PDP elements to truncate the painstaking efforts of APC to guide the majority members on the choice of leadership that could work with Mr. President to deliver on his promises and move the country to an unprecedented height in no time.
“Specifically, we watched on television how a particular member of the House of Representatives from the state was manhandled by his colleagues before he was rescued in his torn clothes. This development caused the good people of the Pacesetter State a monumental embarrassment as the said victim got the disgraceful treatment in his attempt to safeguard his personal interest, following his earlier disregard of the directive on the party’s choice candidates for the principal offices.”