OKUNADE ADEKUNLE | The elected members of the Lagos State House of Assembly may go against the party leadership decision to choose its speaker as second term lawmakers are bent on picking their choice without the interference of the party leadership, Hallmark has learnt.
It was gathered that 20 out of the 40 lawmakers under the umbrella of All Progressives Congress(APC) led by the outgoing Speaker, Rt Hon. Adeyemi Ikuforiji and the outgoing Deputy Speaker, Hon. Kolawole Taiwo have perfected plan to make one of them the Speaker of the House when the new assembly is inaugurated.
A reliable source in the Assembly hinted Hallmark that Ikuforiji and Taiwo were shopping for a strong loyalist among the second term legislators to become the Speaker because of the shady deals they allegedly did while leading the House.
He disclosed further that Ikuforiji seems to have confident in the legislator representing Agege Constituency 1, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, who was also the House Committee Chairman on Public Accounts, a committee that deals with House financial spending and oversight of government parastatals.
There are other legislators who are jostling for the position of Speaker among the experienced legislators. They include Hon. Funmilayo Tejuosho (Mushin), Rotimi Abiru ( Somolu), Gbolahan Yishawu ( Eti-Osa) and Lanre Oshun ( Lagos Mainland).
Speaking with Hallmark on the development, former Commissioner of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs who is an elected House of Representatives member from Kosofe area, Hon. Rotimi Agunloye, advised the lawmakers to be soft in the way and manner they address the speakership tussle, adding that they should not fight against the decision of the party in rubbishing the integrity of the House.
He stressed further that Lagos State House of Assembly is known to be the best assembly in the country because of its unity and robust laws made in the past 16years.
He stated that the speakership race should not be used to create disunity among lawmakers, as the government of Akinwunmi Ambode would need a united assembly to work with to succeed in the implementation of his campaign promises.