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Ikuforiji Opens Up On Emergence Of Next Speaker

Posted: May 23, 2015 at 10:21 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Tunde Opeseitan – Lagos


The out-going Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, has given an assurance over the emergence of his successor, saying “the next Speaker will be my close pal.”

Ikuforiji disclosed this on Friday at the Quarterly Interaction and Long Time Service Award Ceremony that took place at Lateef Jakande Auditorium, Alausa, Ikeja.

The struggle for the next Speaker of the State Assembly has generated controversy, especially in view of the speculation that the National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu has anointed a particular candidate.

Out of the aspirants, it was rumoured that Tinubu had anointed Wasiu Sani Eshilokun to succeed Ikuforiji.

The ceremony was attended by the Deputy Speaker, Musibau Taiwo Kolawole; Deputy Whip, Rotimi Abiru; Chairman, House Committee on Public Accounts (State), Bolaji Yusuf Ayinla; Chairman, Lagos State House of Assembly Service Commission (LAHASCOM), Wale Mogaji; the Assembly Clerk, Ganiyu Abiru and staff.

The Speaker, who had served for 10 years as Speaker, acknowledged that the APC leaders and the House leadership did not envisage the current challenges they were having in choosing the next speaker.

He pointed out that all the returning aspirants were close to him, adding that whoever among them that emerged as the next speaker would deliver.

According to him, “the speaker that will succeed me should be less egocentric, he should be a team player and must have the interest of taking legislative House to a higher level.”

He added that many of those contending for the seat were only thinking about the glamour associated with the office, saying however that the challenges attached to the office “are numerous.”

“I look at Abiru and even Obasa, he is my right hand man and other seven who are interested in the seat. I know most of them think of the glamour, they don’t know the challenges that come along with the office. When they are saddled to occupy the position, they will find out.”

While apologizing for whatever he might have done wrong inadvertently, the Speaker said: “Anybody that has the privilege of being the Speaker will have to leverage on our achievements.”

In his remark, the Deputy Speaker, (Kolawole) went emotional while expressing his appreciation to members of staff who showed their solidarity after the outcome of the last elections.

Kolawole was defeated at the polls by the candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).

According to him, “So many people said, ‘he is behaving as if he didn’t feel the loss of the election,’ as for me, the end is better than the beginning.”