Speaker of the 9th Assembly, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, has been announced as the Chief of Staff to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, according to well-placed Villa sources.
The sources confirmed that Gbajabiamila was introduced to the APC governors in the new capacity at a meeting ongoing at the Villa.
Gbajabiamila is a veteran politician celebrated for his contributions to the development of the country’s legal and governance framework. He was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2003 to represent Surulere I constituency of Lagos State.
Owing to his sterling representation, according to wide acclamation and his emergence as a towering political figure in the area and beyond, Gbajabiamila became a regular fixture in the lower chamber, consequently earning the trust of his peers to lead the Assembly as Speaker in 2019.
As Chief of Staff, Gbajabiamila will function as one of the most senior aides of the president, with some of his direct duties including the organization of the presidency and coordination of tasks among MDAs to keep the administration’s goals and priorities in focus.
His public announcement was preceded by formal introductions to the country’s leadership hierarchy, including the governors, Service Chiefs and other important government functionaries who met with the president this week.
Notwithstanding his aforementioned roles, the Chief of Staff’s immediate priority is predicted to be assisting the president to form his government through other key appointments and task assignments, similar to others who served in past administrations.