Just like in a soccer encounter, politics is also aimed at creating chances to score goals. The goals in this context are the end result of capturing powers.
In the aftermath of the success recorded by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State in the gubernatorial and House of Assembly elections on March 9 2019, that saw the emergence of Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu as the governor-elect and APC winning all the forty seats in the state Assembly, scoring of goals as to who pilot affairs of ninth Assembly has technically begun.
In a bid to actualize this dream, no doubt, there would be the need to create chances by any member of the House of Assembly who wishes to get the plum job of the head of the legislature.
However, while it may be easy to justify any member to have created chances, conversion of chances to goals is an herculean task. This may only be achieved by not only a skilful striker but that player who is more experienced, well positioned and enjoyed the support of his team.
Hence, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa is believed to have carved a niche for himself to retain the no three citizen of Lagos till 2023.
While speaking with Daily Champion on who is the most qualified member to be elected as the next Speaker, a member, Hon. Jude Idimogu representing Oshodi-Isolo constituency II, boastfully stated Obasa would be retained, arguing that in the ninth Assembly, there is no vacancy as far as speakership position is concerned.
In his words: “there is no other Speaker in the ninth Assembly, the Speaker of the eight Assembly, Obasa still remains the next Speaker. He is the oldest of all the lawmakers and in terms of age, he is still young. He has guided us and he is fair to all of us. I am not saying he is a perfect human being. I will give him eighty percent. Out of all the principal officers, there should be conrinuity except for the Deputy Chief Whip who is not returning.”
Obasa is arguably one of the most experienced legislators in Nigeria since the return of civilian rule in 1999. Having served as councilor in Agege council between 1999 and2003 and thereafter got elected to the state Assembly in 2003. He has been consecutively representing his people in Agege constituency I and eventually won his 5th term this year. This uninterrupted almost 20-year legislative experience is a rare feat that would stimulate lawmaking process to enviable heights- nay stardom.
His emergence as the Speaker of the outgoing eight Assembly has positively impacted good governance recorded in Lagos State. Obasa was able to prove wrong those who doubted his leadership qualities. Aside the usual checks and balances that occurred between the House and the executive arm, there was a seamless legislative businesses.
Though, there might have been internal wrangling among members, it did not degenerate to public outcry.
Retrospectively, despite having eight Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members that won seats at the beginning of 8th Assembly, seven of them defected to the ruling party, APC. One of the factors cited for taking the bold decision was Obasa’s style of leadership.
The only opposition member in the House, Hon. Dipo Olorunrinu representing Amuwo-Odofin constituency I, also gave a shocking revelation recently, saying he would join the winning team because of the exemplary performance of Obasa.
According to him, “Even as i am a bona fide member of the PDP but my heart is with APC. I really appreciate the support given to me during the election by my constituents. I also appreciate my fellow colleagues in this honourable chamber, they show love to me since I have been around in 2015″
Olorunrinu added, “I learnt many things in this honourable House. As it is, i have learnt more lessons about life and working with people in the public service.”
In his remark during the special parliamentary session to commemorate Lagos @ 50, the National Leader of APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu also commended Obasa’s leadership role. According to the former state Governor, the defection of the seven opposition members was part of legislative acumen displayed him.
Speaking glowingly during plenary, lawmakers, who won reelection into the Assembly, commended the Speaker of the House, Obasa, for intervening in their matters and for ensuring that they were victorious in the elections.
In his remarks, Hon. Tunde Braimoh, representing Kosofe Constituency II commended Asiwaju Tinubu, Speaker Obasa, all stakeholders and his constituents for their support.
Braimoh, who was reelected for a second term, said that he would uphold the trust reposed in him by his people.
According to him, the annual stakeholders meeting of the House through which the lawmakers interface with the people, should be held more frequently, saying that it had an impact among the constituents.
In his contribution, Hon. Bisi Yusuff, representing Alimosho Constituency I, commended former Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, residents, the Speaker, party stakeholders and his family for standing by him to ensure his third term.”
In his response, the Speaker commended his colleagues for their support and loyalty and assured that Lagos had the capacity to soar higher than where it was currently operating.
Obasa urged the lawmakers to reciprocate the love and support received from the people during the elections and ensure that they do more for the people in the 9th assembly.
“I want to thank all the members for praising me. You stood by us, so we too should stand by you. As we are thanking God, we cannot give thanks with ordinary mouth. Let us appreciate the people with our works. Let us serve the people effectively so that they could see that we are working.
“Let us ensure that we push Lagos Stste to be like a country. A state like California and Atlanta in the United States of America could stand on their own based on what they have been doing. We should do something so that Lagos can go forward beyond its level.
“Let us move the state forward and work hard so that we do not wait for allocations from Abuja before we can do what we want to do. We have been doing it and we must do more. We should think about what we can do as lawmakers to take Lagos higher.
“I believe that Lagos can go beyond what we are. We should see it that the work is to be done collectively”, he said.
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