By Okunade Adekunle
The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt (Hon) Mudashiru Obasa, has terminated the appointment of his Special Adviser on Islamic Matters and former Commissioner for Home Affairs, Dr Abdullateef Abdulhakeem, who on Tuesday officially declared his intention to run for Lagos governorship in 2023.
In a letter of Termination signed by his Chief Of Staff, Hon. Dayo Saka-Fafunmi, which was sighted by WESTERN POST, Obasa said his decision to sack the governorship aspirant was to prevent conflict of interest between, “your assigned obligation and your ambition.”
The Speaker explained that Abdulhakeem’s aspired office was currently occupied by a governor who is performing, stressing that his action was capable of causing a distraction, disharmony, and dissatisfaction between the Assembly and the Executive.
It has become necessary to prevent conflict of interest between your assigned obligation and your ambition.
“Furthermore, your aspired office is currently occupied by our amiable performing governor and of which your action is capable of causing distraction, disharmony, and dissatisfaction between the two arms of government that enjoy a smooth-working relationship, built on mutual respect and interdependence,” Obasa said.
Abdulhakeem had declared his intention to succeed the incumbent governor of the state, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, in 2023, saying it was time for residents to experience the best of what Lagos could offer in all human endeavours.
Abdulhakeem, who was Home Affairs Commissioner between 2015 and 2019, said his intention to contest was also a response to call by Lagosians who had been following his trajectory in public offices and found him worthy of leading the state to prosperous and enviable heights.
He explained that the need for residents across the state to experience what Lagos could become when managed by a good manager of human and material resources necessitated his intention to lead the state and give Lagosians pride of place in the management of their affairs.
While addressing his supporters during the official declaration at Ostra Hall in Ikeja, Abdulhakeem said that it was time residents across the state take up the challenge of participating actively in politics and freely choose their leaders.
He said that it was necessary for residents across the state to break the yoke of political apathy and ensure their votes count by supporting his, “vision for a better experience in Lagos irrespective of political, ethnic, and religious affiliations.”