The Speaker of Lagos House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila has disclosed that he was offered the sum of N100 million during the 5th National Assembly to support former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s third term agenda.
He stated this in his book “Mr SPEAKER: The Legislative Life, Service and Resilience of Femi Gbajabiamila” written by Charles Omole and Musa Krishi and presented by Chief Emeka Anyaoku, former Commonwealth Secretary General. Lagos
Gbajabiamila said while other lawmakers were offered N50 million to support the constitutional amendment to accommodate the third term agenda, he was offered N100 million which he declined.
When asked about his best moments as a lawmaker, Gbajabiamila was unequivocal in his choice. He was unapologetic about the role he played in killing the Third Term Agenda. “My best moment as a legislator? Death of the third term,” he said repeatedly to drive home.
He continued: “The day he was pronounced dead because as I told you we had sleepless nights. We used to meet; we got a place in Asokoro in Lagos, somewhere hidden. We started meetings sometimes at 11 in the evening and left at 4 in the morning. I can’t remember how many there are. It was life threatening. It was life-threatening.”
“So the day he was pronounced dead was a happy day; it was a relief for me. I was a single man. Look, at that time I was offered an incentive by one of the main supporters of the third term, I think I wouldn’t mention his name at this point, but a major player in this country.
“While they were offering members N50 million, I was offered double. At that time N100m, and you know what N100m was, which of course I refused. I’m just saying this so you understand the pressure: financial, mental and physical. We had no other work in the Lagos House except the third term, the constitutional amendment”.
“So for me, unfortunately, as noble as the job was, the best time was the day he died, not the third term itself, but the day he was killed on the floor,” Gbajabiamila recalled with some relief.