Lagos politics: Ashafa, Abike Dabiri tipped to replace Late Oshinowo

Lagos politics: Ashafa, Abike Dabiri tipped to replace Late Oshinowo

A report by Daily Trust indicates that silent agitations have commenced for the replacement of Late Senator Bayo Oshinowo.

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Oshinowo, a former majority leader in the Lagos state House of Assembly died after a brief illness suspected to be COVID-19 at the age of 64.

His sudden death has therefore created a vacuum in the upper chamber of the National Assembly.

Though the process for his replacement has not started, names of possible replacement are already flying within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) with four people already been tipped as his likely replacement.

Lagos politics: Ambode, Ashafa, Abike-dabiri tipped to replace Late Oshinowo

Honourable Abike Dabiri, chairperson of NIDCOM is also one of those tipped to replace Late Osinowo. Photo credit: NIDCOM
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According to the report, they include Dr Tola Kasali, a two-time commissioner in the state; Senator Oshinowo’s predecessor, Gbenga Ashafa, House of Representatives member Jimi Benson, and Honourable Abike Dabiri, the current Director-General of Nigeria in Diaspora Commission.

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A public affairs commentator quoted in the report, Segun Adegoke, said any of the four APC chieftains could emerge as a favourite of the party.

Due to its cosmopolitan nature and the apparent aloofness of the average Lagos voter, the state party leaders have a penchant for moving loyal politicians from one constituency or senatorial district to another.

Lagos politics: Ashafa, Abike Dabiri tipped to replace Late Oshinowo

Senator Gbenga Ashafa, Oshinowo's predecessor is also one of those tipped to replace the late federal lawmaker.
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A former speaker of the Lagos state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Adeyemi Ikuforiji was from Epe, but at some point was moved to Ikeja federal constituency to contest election in the state.

Meanwhile, following the death of Senator Osinowo, the National Assembly complex has again been shut down over fears of suspected COVID-19 cases.

A circular signed and released by a deputy director in the National Assembly, Titus Jatau, said the complex will be shut for two days for fumigation.

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