The closeness of the House Leader, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, and the Chairman, House Committee on Foreign Relations, Nnena Ukeje, these days, is generating an increasing attention on the floor of the House of Representatives.
The two now work together, consult each other and are usually seen sitting together on the floor while proceedings are going on.
There are times when Gbajabiamila will walk all the way from his side of the chamber to the left side, where Ukeje sits, just for the two of them to chat.
Such discussions are usually accompanied with hearty laughter by the two. Ironically, Gbajabiamila is an All Progressives Congress lawmaker from Lagos State, while Ukeje is a member of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party from Abia State.
On January 26, the two were sighted using Ukeke’s Smartphone to browse. The beautiful lawmaker was even pointing out some interesting content to Gbajabiamila on her phone.
Before now, the two lawmakers were known to be sworn enemies. Ukeje was said to have once vowed never to be on talking terms with the outspoken, and energetic Lagos lawmaker.
Their quarrel dated back to events that happened before the June 9, 2015 speakership election, which was eventually won by the current Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara.
Gbajabiamila was a contestant and was positioned to get the seat. However, Ukeje was a staunch supporter of Dogara. The reason for her backing Dogara was that Gbajabiamila ‘humiliated’ her by dismissing the elegant Ukeje over issues relating to committee chairmanship positions.
Insiders say the renewed friendship may have been initiated by the skilful Gbajabiamila, who must now carry every member along, being the leader of the House. Ukeje is left with no choice but to reciprocate.