Obasa re-elected Lagos House of Assembly Speaker

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Friday, June 7, re-elected Rt Hon Mudashiru Obasa as the speaker of the Assembly.

Obasa, who represents Agege constituency 1 at the Assembly, was nominated for the position by the lawmaker representing Lagos Mainland constituency 2, Hon Moshood Oshun.

The nomination was seconded by Hon Yinka Ogundimu from Agege constituency 2.

Also elected is the sitting deputy speaker, Hon Wasiu Eshinlokun-Sanni, who was nominated by Hon Tunde Braimoh and seconded by Hon Desmond Elliot.

The majority leader, Hon Sanai Agunbiade, and chief whip, Hon Rotimi Abiru, deputy majority leader Olumuyiwa Jimoh were re-elected. Mosunmola Sangodara, female lawmaker, was elected deputy chief whip.

While proclaiming the Assembly, Governor Babatunde Olusola Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by the deputy governor, Obafemi Hamzat, stated that he was inaugurating the 9th Assembly in line with the constitution.

The governor, who appreciated the people Lagos state for their support at the polls, urged the lawmakers to live up to the expectations of the people. According him,

“As you commence the legislative duties it is important to remind ourselves that we are all accountable to the people of the state.

“The essence of democracy is checks and balances and separation of power. Lagos State has always been a pacesetter and it will continue to remain one.

“As progressive partners in this dispensation, we have a responsibility to raise the bar and it is important to uphold this. We should activate the process to develop the state that is home to over 20 million people.”

Sanwo-Olu added that the responsibility for oversight functions and the accuracy with which it deserved was very important for the lawmakers. The governor stressed that he was committed to the full implementation of the 2019 budget, which he said was important to the progress of the people of the state.

He said: “I will be seeking your support for the quick passage of some bills that will be useful for the progress of the state.

“I must congratulate all of us for the victory at the polls. We must honour our National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinunu that has worked hard to sustain our democracy. I wish you a successful tenure in the 9th Assembly.

“Earlier in his welcome address, the clerk of the House, Azeez Sanni stated that the Assembly comprises 40 seats for 40 members and that all the members elect were from the APC.

Sanni said: “There are 29 returning and 11 newly elected with one fifth-term member, and five fourth termers”