Femi Gbajabiamila, immediate past Majority Leader of the House of Representatives has emerged the Speaker of the 9th House of Representatives having garnered 281 votes out of 358 votes cast.
He defeated his only contender, Umar Bago, who garnered 76 votes. One vote was invalid.
Bago congratulated Gbajabiamila before the counting of votes ended
Gbajabiamila, who is the longest-serving lawmaker in the House, represents Surulere constituency 1 of Lagos State.
The lawmaker, who was endorsed by the All Progressives Congress, has been minority leader and also majority leader.
The new speaker, who represents Surulere 1 federal constituency of Lagos state, was elected into the lower legislative chamber of the national assembly in 2003.
A law graduate of the University of Lagos, he started his career with the Bentley, Edu and Co law firm in Lagos before he established his own firm, Femi Gbaja and Co. where he was principal partner. Gbajabiamila later returned to John Marshall Law School in the US and was said to have graduated top of his class, earning himself a juris doctorate. He set up a law firm and had a brief stint of practice in the US after he passed his Georgia bar exams in 2001. Later, he returned to Nigeria to join politics.
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