Rt. Hon. Olufemi Abdulhakeem Gbajabiamila

Early Life and Education

Olufemi Hakeem Gbajabiamila was born on the 25th of June 1962. Femi Gbajabiamila started his elementary education in Lagos at the Mainland Preparatory School and proceeded to Igbobi College, Yaba, Lagos in 1973 for his secondary education.

Upon completion of his secondary education in Nigeria, he enrolled at the King Williams College, Isle of Man, United Kingdom for his Advanced Level where he graduated at the top of his class and was accepted into the University of Lagos, Nigeria for a three-year LLB (Bachelor of Laws) degree programme. He graduated with honors in 1983 and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1984.

As a young lawyer, Femi Gbajabiamila started his career with the prestigious law firm of Bentley, Edu and Co, a Lagos based law firm where he distinguished himself as a brilliant legal practitioner and later established his own law firm, Femi Gbaja and Co.

Gbajabiamila later went on to the United States to study at John Marshall Law School in Atlanta Georgia where he graduated Magna Cum Laude earning himself a Juris Doctorate and after passing his Georgia Bar exams in 2001 he set up a law firm in Atlanta Georgia where he practiced law until his return to Nigeria.

Political Career

On his return to Nigeria, Gbajabiamila delved into partisan politics and offered himself up for service on the platform of the then Alliance for Democracy (AD). After a rigorous and highly competitive campaign, Gbajabiamila succeeded in ousting the incumbent member of the House of Representatives from Surulere constituency 1, and clinched his party's nomination for the seat and later won at the general election.

His first term in the House demonstrated his true passion for issues concerning his constituents and Nigeria as a whole, he worked passionately to address matters of great concern to him and quickly earned a reputation as a true and brilliant legislator.

A true believer in qualitative representation, he took an active part in debates on the floor of the House and was fast recognized as one of the brilliant minds in the National Assembly. He was always on the side of truth and justice and his views truly reflected the wishes and aspirations of his constituents. This was especially evident during the “third term debate” when he was chairman of the 2007 movement in the House, a group largely credited for ending the “third term agenda” of the then President.

His exceptional record saw him overwhelmingly re-elected in 2007 and elected as Action Congress leader and Minority Whip of the House. By the end of his second tenure, Gbajabiamila had sponsored the highest number of Bills in the National Assembly amongst all the legislators.

In 2011, Gbajabiamila for the third time contested on the platform of his party, ACN and won. He was once again re-elected ACN leader and leader of the opposition in the House of Representatives. During this period, Femi Gbajabiamila revived the role of the opposition in the House and continued to maintain a tough stance against the ruling party, PDP.

Femi Gbajabiamila was the first and only legislator to bring a motion on the floor of the House for the invocation of the doctrine of necessity, during the illness and absence of President Umar Musa Yar'adua, which led to the the swearing-in of Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan as Acting President.

Drive & Achievements

Before us is an action prone individual who continues to champion the call for fiscal federalism and accountability in public spending. He filed several lawsuits against the then federal government who he accused of operating an illegal excess crude oil account and spending tax payers’ money without appropriation.

In 2011, Femi Gbajabiamila was nominated for a high ranking National Award, Officer of the Federal Republic, (OFR). He surprised many Nigerians and received several acclaims when he turned down the award on the grounds that he did not deserve it and that the awards system in Nigeria was no longer achieving its original intent, to this end, Gbajabiamila put up an amendment to the National Honors Act of 1964 to make stringent guidelines for selection of National Award nominees. Gbajabiamila thus became the third and youngest Nigerian to reject National Honours after Late Chinua Achebe and Prof. Grace Alele-Williams.

In 2014, Femi Gbajabiamila as the Leader of Opposition in the House of Representatives led his colleagues into the merger that gave birth to the All Progressives Congress (APC). Under Femi's leadership of the APC caucus in the House, the party increased its numbers, earning them the majority.

Upon his re-election into the House of Representatives in 2015, Gbajabiamila presented himself to his colleagues as an aspirant for the Speakership seat in the House. He narrowly lost the election to the present Speaker Yakubu Dogara in an election which he himself described as an act of God.

Due to his wide acceptance within the party and his members, he was overwhelmingly elected Leader of the 8th House of Representatives on July 28, 2015.

Upon completion of his 4th term in office , Gbajabiamila opened himself up for re-election in the 2019 election where he was re-elected for the 5th term as lawmaker representing Surulere 1 federal constituency in the House of Representatives .

On June 11th, 2019, he contested for the office of the Speaker of Nigeria’s House of Representatives, an election he narrowly lost in 2015, but this time, he won with an unprecedented winning margin of 281 votes whilst he closest rival scored 76 votes. Femi Gbajabiamila is the Speaker of Nigeria’s House of Representatives.

He has greatly improved on his innate leadership skills by attending various leadership courses at Stanford University, Oxford University, Cambridge University, and the world respected Said Business School.

Femi Gbajabiamila’s life has always been about public service and over the years he has demonstrated an unwavering dedication to this cause. His illustrious political career has provided him a platform with which he has advocated various causes. He has shown himself a loyal party member dedicated to party ideals that will improve the life of the average Nigerian and has reiterated over the years that this is what true leadership is about.

Family

Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila is married with children. He is regarded by many as a role model and a true and worthy leader.