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My Most Challenging Moment, By Ikuforiji, Former Lagos Speaker

Posted: Jun 8, 2015 at 7:30 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Former Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, has described the removal of a former deputy speaker of the house, Funmilayo Tejuosho, as one of the most challenging moments of his career.

Tejuosho, who currently represents Mushin Constituency 1 in the assembly, was impeached on August 2009 for gross misconduct bordering on undermining the authority of the House as well as disrespect to the House and violation of House rules.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Daily Independent, Ikuforiji whose tenure as the longest Speaker in the history of Nigeria ended last week said he personally chose Tejuosho as his deputy with the hope that someday “a woman may emerge as the Speaker of the House”.

He said he felt sad taking the decision to pronounce her removal but had no option since majority of the members then had voted to have her removed as the deputy speaker of the House.

“There was a time during the 6th Assembly, when the members decided to remove my Deputy who I single-handedly fought for her emergence as my deputy.

She never canvassed for the position but I insisted that ‘this is the person I want to work with’.”

“For me to be on the seat and pronounce her removed as the deputy was definitely a trying period for me. I never liked it at all. It was  the first time that a principal officer was  proposed for an impeachment… But I have to brave the odds and make the pronouncement since majority of the members have signed that she should be removed”.

“I also remembered when I lost a member, Rotimi Shotomiwa, who was representing Ikorodu Constituency II then in the 6th assembly and his corpse was brought into the assembly for valedictory session. I could not just bear the sight of looking at his corpse. I felt very, very bad because it could have been any of us in the House,” he said.