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Lagos Speakership: Making Case For Ikorodu

Posted: May 7, 2015 at 1:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Augustine Adah, Lagos

 

As the race for the next speaker of the 8th Lagos State House of Assembly gathers momentum, the people of Ikorodu  Division  who clamoured for the position of governor in the last election, wants the leadership of the party to concede the position to the area. Several groups from the area in the past few weeks have been making a case for the area to produce the next speaker.

They argued that before the emergence of senatorial zone in the country’s political arrangement, Lagos was operating under five divisions, these are: Ikeja, Badagry, Ikorodu, Lagos Mainland and Epe called IBILE. They stated that with the governor-elect, Akinwunmi Ambode, from Epe division, Dr Adebule Idiat, as Deputy Governor (Badagry Division), and the senatorial seat of Lagos East occupied by an indigene of Epe Division – Senator Bareehu Ashafa, justice demands that Ikorodu Division should be given the necessary support to occupy the number three position in the state.

Sanai Agunbiade

Hon. Sanai Agunbiade

Mr. Rotimi Erogbogbo, Chairman, Ikorodu Division Solution Alliance (IDSA), told Daily Independent that the people of Ikorodu are supporting Hon. Sanai Agunbiade to become the next speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly because of his sterling qualities as a law maker.  Egbogbo contended that the people of Ikorodu believe that Agunbiade who has been in the House of Assembly since 2007 has represented the people very well and should be given the best support to lead the house as speaker.

“We are not clamouring or agitating for the position of speakership but making case for Agunbiade because he has the best quality to lead the house in 2015.”

When the League of Ikorodu Journalists paid a victory visit to the member, House of Assembly representing Ikorodu 1 constituency, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade, in Ikorodu, they did not hide their feelings when they told him that judging by the way he has represented the people of Ikorodu Constituency 1 in the House for the past two terms, he is capable of becoming the next Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly. Though Agunbiade did not doubt his competence in handling the office, he said he never schemed for any position in his life.  He declared that his interest is to ensure that a competent person who can surpass the achievement of the outgoing speaker, Rt. Hon Adeyemi  Ikuforiji, emerges as the next speaker of the state House of Assembly. “It is a glaring fact that Hon S.O.B Agunbiade of Ikorodu Constituency 1 is capable of steering the leadership of Lagos State House of Assembly,” the group stated.

Looking at the performance of Ikorodu division in the last general elections, where the division  came fourth among the 20 local government areas in terms of total votes cast  for APC, former Secretary to Lagos State Government during the administration of Lateef Jakande as governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Olorunfunmi Basorun, said the party has done well and believe the leadership of the party will not overlook when it comes to distribution of political appointments in the state.

Many indigenes of Ikorodu have expressed concern  over the inability of the area to have its sons and daughters in prominent positions  since the return of democracy in 1999 despite the fact that the area has produced many first and landmark achievers like the Bensons, Awojobi, Onafowokan, Allinson, AOK Noah, Ajetunmobi, Gbadamosi, Comrade Ayodele Elesho, Reuben Olorunfunmi Bashorun, Davies Sunmonu, Olowoshago, Sanni-Mudashiru, Ola Animashaun, Alogba, Anibaba, Abike Dabiri, Adeniran Ogunsanya and many more.

Some Ikorodu indigenes regard Hon. Agunbiade as the most vibrant lawmaker that would give the area the best representation in the next legislative assembly. Sanai Agunbiade was elected to represent Ikorodu Constituency 1 in 2007, he was re-elected for second term in 2011. When the race for 2015 general elections started and Hon. Agunbiade indicated interest to contest for third term, some people criticized the intention saying he is not the only person from the area, but judging by his performance in the house and the way he has assisted the people of his constituency, he was re-elected for the third time.

While presenting his report card to the people of Ikorodu before the last elections, Agunbiade said: “Aside from the private bills I co-sponsored, I have made good my promise to get the state to take practical steps to curtail the problems of Ajagungbales, which have given Ikorodu a bad name both within and outside the state. As I speak with you, I have the support and encouragement of Hon. Bayo Oshinowo, Chairman, House Committee on Lands, in initiating a private member bill to protect landed properties in Lagos State and to criminalize and penalize the activities of Ajagungbales – their sponsors and collaborators with imprisonment.”

The lawmakers also facilitated the construction of Awolowo road in Ikorodu by the state government.  Though Agunbiade has stated his readiness to abide by the party’s decision on the matter, the lawmaker judging by political permutations may become one of the principal officers in the Lagos State 8th Assembly in June.