A battle for who becomes the Speaker of the 9th Lagos State House of Assembly is currently ongoing just as the incumbent Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa is reportedly making efforts to retain the coveted seat.
Sources within the assembly revealed on Tuesday that there is disquiet in the assembly premises and among the lawmakers as everyone was being careful not to be seen as a dissident. We gathered authoritatively that just as the 8th Assembly is winding up, stakeholders have been holding strategic meetings on what would be the face of the 9th Assembly as it relates to speakership and other principal officers.
It will be recalled that there are concerns in many quarters that the Governor-elect, Mr Babajide Sanwoolu and his Deputy Governor-Elect, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat are from Ogun State, where the current speaker of the assembly also hails from.
This school of thought is said to be rooting for an indigene of Lagos State to be elected as the Speaker of the House after the exit of former speaker Adeyemi Ikuforiji from Epe area of the state in 2015.
We were informed that the matter has been tabled before the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who are giving it serious thought.
On the other hand, we learned that the incumbent Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has been making concerted efforts to retain the seat and that he has been meeting with the leadership of the party and members of the assembly as well as the newly elected members of the assembly.
A source who pleaded anonymity hinted that Obasa has the ears and support of the leaders of the party, adding that the certainty of his return was high.
The leaders of the party and stakeholders are having constant meetings to sort out the issue and ensure that the 9th Lagos State House of Assembly takes off on a good note. While some mentioned the name of the incumbent Deputy Speaker of the Assembly, Hon. Wasiu Eshinlokun-Sanni as a contender for the office, he has not indicated any recent interest though he tried to vie for the office in 2015.
“I can tell you that the contest might not be as easy as it appears though the current Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa is highly favoured for the office.”
“There is no doubt that nobody has come out to show interest in the office, we cannot rule out the fact that some of the lawmakers are interested in the office.”
“The coming days would be very interesting as those who are interested in becoming the Speaker of the Assembly would start showing interest,” said the source.