By Okunade Adekunle, Lagos
Lagos State House of Assembly Members have expressed satisfaction over the conduct of the just concluded direct primaries by the All Progressives Congress (APC) nationwide, calling for the review of past stakeholders meeting reports held simultaneously in all the 40 constituencies submitted to the executive.
The lawmakers agreed that the past reports submitted to the executive must be reviewed while the report for last stakeholders meeting should be sent to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for its inclusion in the 2019 budget.
Hon. Lanre Oshun, Hon. Bisi Yusuf, Hon. Desmond Elliot, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade among others appreciated the Speaker, while calling on the executive to complete all the road projects in their constituencies.
Hon. Rasheed Makinde, who is representing Ifako-Ijaiye constituency 2, appealed to the executive to complete all the abandoned projects in his local government.
Earlier, Hon. Bisi Yusuff representing Alimosho Constituency I, stated that it would be first time members of the Assembly were subjected to direct primaries which enables the party members to choose who would be flagbearer of the party.
Yusuf added, “I commend Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the APC Chairman Comrade Adams Oshiomole through the leadership of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa for it”.
He stated, “I acknowledge the Speaker for introducing the Stakeholders’ Meeting which enables us to interact more with our constituents. The stakeholders’ meetings really helped us win the primary election”.
While commenting, Hon. Oluyinka Ogundimu representing Agege 2, stated that direct primaries have returned power to the people, commending the Speaker for introducing various programs which serves as a selling point for the membership of the House.
However, the Speaker, Rt Hon. Mudashiru Obasa , commended APC National and State Leaders for giving the people the ability to choose those that would represent them both at State and National level, suggesting that the direct primaries voting system should be sustained.
Obasa, however, advised the party to set up a ‘Reconciliatory Committee’ to persuade and compensate those who are aggrieved over the result of the primaries in order to work together as a team in 2019.
The Speaker appealed to the winners of the primaries to intensify efforts in serving the people.
He added, “Getting a ticket for election is not a meal ticket but a call to work more by getting to the Plenary early, carrying out Committee assignments and so on”.
He thereby directed the Clerk, Mr. Azeez Sanni to write an appreciation letter to the State and National Secretariat of the APC.
In a related development, Members of the House passed into law the Lagos State Health Scheme Amendment Bill 2018.
The Speaker, Rt Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, directed the Clerk to send the clean copy of the Bill to the Governor of the State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode for his assent.