- Returning Lagos lawmakers speak on the challenges they faced during the recent general elections in the state
- The lawmakers commend Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Speaker Mudashiru Obasa for helping to ensure victory for the APC in the state
- Obasa wants the lawmakers to ensure Lagos favourably competes with many developed countries of the world
Almost all the returning lawmakers at the Lagos state House of Assembly took turns on Thursday, April 4, to eulogise Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Speaker Mudashiru Obasa for being the major forces behind their individual victories.
Tinubu, a former governor of the state, is the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) which won the governorship election as well as the 40 seats of the state Assembly.
Many of the lawmakers who spoke on the floor of the House, urged Obasa not to relent, especially in the fight for the welfare of the lawmakers and the people of the state as a new session is set to begin.
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They affirmed that his leadership style in the last four years contributed to the victory of the party in the state and the return of the lawmakers.
However, a mild drama ensued when Dipo Olorunrinu, the lone member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), confessed that he had been part of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Olorunrinu, who was defeated by a candidate of APC, Ali-Macaulay Mojisola, said even though he is a member of the PDP, his heart had often been with the ruling party.
Legit.ng reports that Olorunrinu was elected with seven other colleagues on the platform of the PDP in 2015. However, while the others defected to the APC, he remained the only opposition member in the House.
Some of the lawmakers who recounted the experience and challenges they faced during the elections, noted that it had never happened in their constituencies for legislators to return after one or two terms, but that the speaker made it happen.
Moshood Oshun, a senior lawmaker in the House, recalled how Tinubu and the party moved for the direct primaries adding that this saved the party in Lagos.
He thanked the speaker for his vision and how he led the battle on behalf of the lawmakers.
The deputy majority leader of the House, Olumuyiwa Jimoh, and his colleague, Bisi Yusuff, while commending Obasa and the party leaders in the state, also thanked former governor of Osun state, Rauf Aregbesola, for his support.
Gbolahan Yishawu said it was worth noting that this was the first time any lawmaker would be elected three consecutive times in his constituency. He thanked the people of his area for the confidence they have reposed in him.
Olusola Sokunle, one of the seven lawmakers who defected from the PDP, recalled how the speaker's warm reception forced them to leave their former party for the APC.
He said leaving the PDP was the best political choice he ever made as the result is his return to the House for a second term.
Rotimi Olowo, another senior lawmaker, said Tinubu and the speaker were behind his return to the House. The lawmaker said he once had to remind the speaker that the latter was in the race as, according to him, Obasa left his own campaign on many occasions and fought for other members.
Ibrahim Layode, a member from Badagry, told his colleagues and journalists including Legit.ng at the sitting how the crisis that happened during the primaries in his constituency almost resulted in a loss for him and how the speaker and some of his colleagues stood by him to ensure his emergence.
Speaker Obasa, in his response, said thanking the residents for coming out to vote for them was not enough.
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He urged them to show more appreciation by serving the residents and the state to the best of their abilities so as to make Lagos compete with some other countries.
The speaker noted how wealthy the states of California and Atlanta in the US are. He added that Lagos can lead in terms of development in such a way that it would not rely on federal allocations in the future.
He thanked outgoing Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for playing his part just as he promised that the House would work closely with the administration of Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to make Lagos a better place.
Legit.ng earlier reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Lagos state will present certificates of return to the 40 members-elect of the state House of Assembly on Friday, April 5.
The INEC public relations officer, Femi Akinbiyi, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday in Lagos.
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