By Okunade Adekunle, Lagos
Speaker of the Lagos State House Assembly who is representing Agege Constituency 1, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, was on Friday re-elected unopposed for a second term in a dramatic fashion.
Obasa was nominated by Hon. Moshood Oshun (Mainland 2) at exact 12:02pm immediately after the Clerk of the House, Mr Azeez Sanni, called for nomination from elected members for the position of the Speaker. The nomination was supported by Hon. Yinka Ogundimu (Agege 2).
While explaining the reasons why Obasa is worthy of the Speakership, Oshun explained that the Speaker in the 8th Assembly displayed leadership maturity, saying that Obasa was a team player.
Oshun while reeling out Obasa’s academic and political profiles, stated that he nominated him due to his leadership prowess, stating that he was sure that Obasa would surpass the leadership achievements of the 8th Assembly.
There was no other nomination and Obasa was subsequently re-elected as Speaker unopposed.
Hon. Wasiu Eshinlokun-Sanni (Lagos Island 1) retained his position as the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade (Ikorodu 1) returned as Majority Leader, Hon. Muyiwa Jimoh (Apapa 2) was re-elected as Deputy Majority Leader while Hon. Rotimi Abiru (Somolu 2) retained his position as Chief Whip.
A female second term lawmaker representing Surulere 2 , Hon. Mosunmola Sangodara, was elected as Deputy Chief Whip.
Earlier, the Clerk of the House, Mr Azeez Sanni, in his address, stated that the House had 40 members who were elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC). He said 29 members were returned and 11 members were newly elected.
Sanni added, “Out of 40 members, 29 were returned and 11 are newly elected. Out of 29, only 1 was returned for 5th term, 5 returned for the 4th term, 8 for the 3rd term, and 15 for second term while 11 are newly elected.”
In his comment, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, represented by his deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, stated, “As we commence these legislative duties, it is important to remind ourselves that although we belong to different arms of government, we are all accountable to the people of this great state who have repose a great deal of trust and confidence on our party.”
Sanwo-Olu stressed that the essence of the principle of seperation of powers is to ensure checks and balances as well as to guarantee the independence of each arm of government.
He added ” Let me use this opportunity to assure you that the Executive Arm of Government under my watch encourage harmonious relationship among the three arms of government. Lagos State has always been a pace setter in this regards and we will continue to remain one”
He promised to strengthen the relationship between the three arms of government, stating that the journey of 4years had started and it is time for all to put their hands on the plough and activate the process of fulfilling promises made to the people.
Sanwo-Olu charged the Assembly on oversights , speed and accuracy in the discharge of duties in order to impart greatly on the lives and well-being of the people.
The Speaker of the House, Rt(Hon) Mudashiru Obasa, after being decorated by the Clerk of the House, Mr Azeez Sanni, took oath of Office which was supervised by the Head of Legal of the House of Assembly.
In his speech, Obasa called for the need to push further for special status for the state, charging the executive arm on the need to ensure implementation of laws.
He stated “We are ready to collaborate with other arms of government especially the executive for the success of this administration, our door are open. There is nothing stopping us from breaking the shackles of bondage under this unitary system of government in Nigeria called Federalism by placing Lagos in a position of nature of its own in another nation”
Obasa added ” Lagos State is blessed to compete with other countries of the world. The Lagos of my dream is like that of London with effective and efficient transportation”
It is right to point that other members of the House were sworn-in before the adjournment of the first sitting of the 9th Assembly.
In attendance were Lagos White Cap Chiefs, Oba Saheed Elegushi, former Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Lagos APC Chairman, Alhaji Tunde Balogun, Prince Tajudeen Olusi, Members of the Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC), Head of Service of Lagos State, Mr. Muri Okunola, Sanwo-Olu’s Chief of Staff, Mr. Tayo Ayinde, Secretary to the State Government, Mrs Folashade Jaji, and some former House of Assembly members.