Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, Chief of Staff to the President has attributed President Bola Tinubu’s political ascent to the strong connections he established with his fellow senators back in 1992 during his tenure as a senator, The Global News reports.

The former Speaker of the House of Representatives made this statement at a reception and award presentation held in honor of him and other members of the Forum of APC Former Members of the House of Representatives, currently serving as governors and ministers.

The forum also acknowledged the contributions of other distinguished members, including the Governor of Niger State, Hon. Umar Bago, and the Minister of Sports Development, Hon. John Enoh.

During his address at the event, Gbajabiamila expressed gratitude to his former colleagues for organizing the reception to honor them. However, he lamented the absence of some other awardees at the ceremony.

The chief of staff said, “I will tell you one thing today, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, he may not know it, I have been around him for a long time, one of his greatest strengths and what catapulted him to where he is today were his former colleagues when he was a senator. So this is a constituency we must hold dear. We just shouldn’t burn bridges when we leave.”

He donated N50 million to the forum, noting “there is no greater honour than that which comes from your peers and colleagues.”

Also, Governor Bago extended his appreciation to his colleagues for the award, emphasizing that the trust demonstrated by the gathering would serve as motivation for him to strive for greater achievements.

Enoh appreciated the forum’s thoughtfulness for the award bestowed on him and pledged commitment to the platform.

Senator Osita Izunaso, who is also a member of the forum, urged the APC administration to ensure former lawmakers of the party are accommodated in the governance process.

He also urged the NWC to ensure that every panel of the party must have former House of Representatives members.

The forum’s Chairman, Ibrahim Zailani, expressed appreciation for the Chief of Staff’s presence at the event.

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