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36 lawmakers-elect endorsed Obasa as speaker of 10th Lagos Assembly: Temitope Adewale

“Lagos cannot afford not to have him as Speaker if the fortunes of true governance enjoyed by the state must be sustained.

• May 25, 2023
Speaker of the Lagos House of Assembly , Mudashiru Obasa
Speaker of the Lagos House of Assembly , Mudashiru Obasa

Temitope Adewale, a member representing Ifako-Ijaiye constituency 01 at the Lagos State House of Assembly, says all 36 lawmakers-elect have thrown their weight behind Mudashiru Obasa to become the speaker of the 10th Lagos Assembly. 

Mr Adewale, who doubles as the chairman of the House Committee on Transportation, while speaking with journalists on Thursday in Lagos,  said the endorsement of Mr Obasa followed a resolution reached by the lawmakers-elect to have the speaker continue with “the good work he started in 2015 and sustained in the ninth Assembly.”

He noted that the Lagos State House of Assembly was fortunate to have Mr Obasa, adding the state legislature has benefited the people of the state.

“We now have a Lagos Assembly that other states visit to learn from. We have bills that have been studied by the National Assembly. We have laws that have shaped our state in favour of the people,” Mr Adewale said.

The lawmaker said Mr Obasa’s leadership style has united members of the State Assembly and geared the lawmakers toward their constituents.

He described Mr Obasa as an “accommodating leader who is ready to learn and relearn” to sustain the peace and unity of the lawmakers.

“Through his leadership style, lawmakers are now, more than before, closer to their constituents because we see him living in the midst of his people in Agege and making sure he reaches out to every individual that seeks his attention,” Mr Adewale said.

“Lagos cannot afford not to have him as Speaker if the fortunes of true governance enjoyed by the state must be sustained.

“Obasa is a stabiliser and has sustained the peace and unity in the House. He is a very accommodating leader who is ready to learn and relearn.”

Speaking further, Mr Adewale said during Mr Obasa’s tenure as speaker he had ensured that the Lagos State Assembly has the highest number of non-executive-sponsored bills which have secured the state and created employment.

The lawmakers said the speaker’s loyalty is undoubted and he remains committed to the tenets of democracy in the state.

“Obasa has defended so well the legislative arm of government. Today, we have one of the best Houses of Assembly in Nigeria because we have practiced all that the others are just asking for. He has moved the House from where it was before to be above the common standards of excellence,” he said.

“I can tell you there is nobody who will challenge him successfully. If you are talking about loyalty, he is very loyal to the party, he is loyal to the elders of Lagos and loyal to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. Above all, he continues to uphold the tenets of democracy.”

Mr Adewale added, “This is a man who has practised everything you call legislature and he has been impacting knowledge in every one of us. Moreover, we are going into the 10th Assembly with a House that has many new members.

“As a result of this, he has more jobs to do. He needs to train a lot of people so that the tenets of the legislature and the institution can continue to stand alone in the face of separation of powers.”

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