Taiwo Ogunmola Omilani
With the inauguration of the Lagos 8th Assembly slated for today, Monday, June 8, 2015, members of the Assembly have decided those who would occupy various principal offices and direct the affairs of the House in the next four years.
Competent sources revealed over the weekend that Hon Mudasiru Obasa, who is from Agege Constituency 1, has been chosen as the next speaker of the Assembly, while Hon Wasiu Eshilokun from Lagos Island Constituency 1, would serve as the deputy speaker.
It would be recalled that the battle for principal offices of the House had led to serious politicking as well as underground and open moves among the lawmakers before it was agreed that the six available principal offices should be shared among the three senatorial districts with each getting two offices.
As Hon Obasa, who is from Lagos West Senatorial District, has been picked as the next speaker, a female lawmaker, Hon Omotayo Oduntan, who is also from the district from Alimoso Constituency 2, has been designated as the deputy chief whip.
After serious pressure and consultations, the second person chosen from Lagos Central Senatorial District after Eshinlokun, is a lawmaker from Apapa Constituency 2, Hon Olumuyiwa Jimoh, who has been designated as the deputy majority leader of the House.
The two slots allocated to the Lagos East Senatorial District are: the majority leader and the chief whip.
Those designated for the two positions respectively are: member representing Ikorodu State Constituency 1, Sanai Agunbiade and his counterpart from Somolu State. Constituency 2, Rotimi Abiru.
It would be recalled that the lawmakers held several meetings; both in the day and in the night, before they eventually agreed on those that would serve as the principal officers of the 8th Assembly, which we learnt has been approved by the leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.
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