Obasa To Emerge Lagos Speaker As 8th Assembly Is Inaugurated

While the ruling All Progressives Congress at the national level is plagued with internal wrangling and always in the news for the wrong reasons, the Chapter of the party has given all supporters something to cheer about and hold dearly.

The failure of the National Working Committee of the APC to successfully broker an alignment of national interest above personal interest between Gbajamiamala and Dogoro in the battle on who emerges as the House of Representatives Speaker of the eight assembly, the Lagos State chapter has successfully and unanimously united in avoiding any internal conflict within them.

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As the Eighth Assembly of Lagos State will be inaugurated on Monday (today), of the APC has emerged as the Speaker of the house.

According to recent report by a correspondent of The Punch, the All Progressives Congress had decided to zone the position of Speaker to senatorial district since the Governor, , is from Lagos-East while his deputy, , is from Lagos-West.

Accordingly, the leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, was said to have favoured Wasiu Eshilokun representing Lagos Island constituency 1 as the next Speaker.

However, after further consultations, the leaders of the party and a large section of the House were said to have favoured Obasa who represents which is in the Lagos-West senatorial district.

Our correspondent learnt from a reliable source that Eshilokun would emerge the deputy speaker of the House.

The source said, “Our initial plan was to zone that position to Lagos-Central and Eshilokun was favoured. However, the problem with Eshilokun is that he has not been a member of the Assembly since he left in 2003 and it might take some time for him to adjust as a newcomer.

“Obasa has been accepted by most of the APC lawmakers and is a ranking member. He is also very sound. The deputy speaker will go to Lagos-Central which will most likely be Eshilokun.

Apart from Obasa picking the speakership position, the position of Deputy Chief Whip was also zoned to the district and the member representing , , has been favoured as the Deputy Chief Whip.

The eight lawmakers-elect, who won elections on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party also met last Friday.

It was learnt that the immediate past Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Musiliu Obanikoro, and other party leaders in the state advised the lawmakers-elect on the role of the in the next Assembly.

However, it remained unclear who would emerge as the minority leader as of press time.



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