By Fumnanya Ojugbana
Lawmakers in the 8th Lagos State House of Assembly have commended the duo of the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa and Hon. Sikiru Oshinowo aka Pepperito and ascribed the success of the Assembly to their support and leadership qualities.
It will be recalled that Oshinowo won election into the Senate from Lagos East Senatorial District under the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2019. He had been a member of the Assembly since 2003, and he is respected as a senior party man with close relationship with the leaders of the party.
The lawmakers had taken turns to speak at the valedictory session of the 8th Lagos State House of Assembly on Thursday 6th June, 2019 at the assembly chambers.
They unanimously agreed that the Assembly was able to achieve the feats it achieved due to the direction, counsel and leadership traits of the Speaker and Hon. Sikiru Oshinowo.
The ball of the commendation and review of the activties of the assembly between June 2015 and June 2019 was set rolling by Hon. Tunde Braimoh, representing Kosofe Constituency 2 in the Assembly.
Braimoh, who was the Chairman of the House Committee on Judiciary, Public Petitions, Human Rights and LASIEC said that the day was special as it marked the end of the 8th Assembly.
“We have been excellent and assiduous in the discharge of our duties since the 8th Assembly was inaugurated in June, 2015.
“We sat for 216 days, passed 43 bills and over 200 motions. We have had several visitors such as the National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Professor Lumumba of Kenya.
“Our Speaker has been honoured in Ibadan, Badagry, Ikorodu and in other places. “He was made the Chairman of Conference of Speakers in August, 2018,” he said.
The lawmaker recalled that the Assembly also commissioned the L-shaped building and that it lost one of its members, Hon. Kazeem Alimi in July, 2017.
He thanked Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Senator Sikiru Oshinowo for the support he said they gave the Assembly and the Speaker of the House.
This was corroborated by Hon. Yinka Ogundimu from Agege Constituency 2, who stressed that the lawmakers worked together as a team and sustained the standard they met.
Ogundimu, who was the Chairman of the House Committee on Finance appreciated his colleagues, especially Senator Sikiru Oshinowo, who he said had given the lawmakers the necessary wisdom as well as Hon. Olufunmilayo Tejuoso, Hon. Olusegun Olulade.
“I will also appreciate our colleagues that are moving to the 9th Assembly with us. I will like to appreciate the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa that has led the 8th Assembly without fear or favour. You will always see him behind you.
“He has proven that what matters is to uphold the standard of the House. The Speaker managed everybody effectively. I will also remember the late Hon. Alimi Kazeem, he was very close to me,” he said.
In his comments, Hon. Abiodun Tobun from Epe Constituency 1 thanked God for His mercies and for taken the Assembly so far, while he also thanked the leadership of the APC, especially Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, members of the GAC and the leaders in his constituency.
Tobun also thanked his family members, his colleagues that were not returning to the House such as Hon. Sikiru Oshinowo, who has been elected as a senator, Hon. Olufunmilayo Tejuosho, Hon. Olusegun Olulade, while mourning the late Hon. Alimi Kazeem.
“We commend Hon. Sikiru Oshinowo. He is a man of God, he tutored us, advised us and warned us not to destroy our opponents.
“He also advised us to cooperate with each other. He advised us to be loyal to our leaders and today he is a senator because of his loyalty. I was one of those who thought Speaker Obasa could not do it, but he has proven me wrong. For those that are coming back, we must count ourselves lucky,” he said.
Hon. Oladele Adekanye from Lagos Mainland 2 expressed his happiness and appreciation to God for the “achievements of the 8th Assembly.”
Adekanye, who was the Chairman of the House Committee on Commerce and Industry, thanked God that he had the opportunity of going to the Assembly, when he least expected and for working with brilliant people in the Assembly. While saying that he had learnt a lot, especially with team work under the leadership of Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, he added that it took him some time to understand the workings of the Assembly and key into the workings.
“I saw Hon. Sikiru Oshinowo as somebody that is just interested in his job and the Speaker for upholding what should be done on legislative activities.
“I feel fulfilled for coming here and for knowing you. I seek for forgiveness from whom I might have offended. I want to thank our great leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for the great things he has done in my life. He has never left me and I thank him for the opportunity he has given me in the past and now. I appreciate the leadership of our party at the local government and constituency level.
“I wish my successor well and I pray that he would do better than us. At a personal level, I am happy that ‘Honourable’ would be part of my name now. I was not used to wearing ‘agbada’ before now,” he said.
Also, Hon. Desmond Elliot, representing Surulere Constituency 1 said that four years had come and gone just like that.
“I thank the Almighty God for the opportunity to serve. The 8th Assembly has been a great experience, I also want to thank the leadership of our party such as Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
“I have learnt so much in the House. Even people outside have seen the changes in me. I also want to thank Senator Sikiru Oshinowo for teaching us things about life. I thank the Speaker for being there for us at all times. I am honoured and privileged to be a member of the 8th Assembly,” he said.
Hon. Victor Akande from Ojo Constituency 1 thanked God Almighty for given him an opportunity to be in the Assembly.
Akande recalled that he got to the Assembly under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and thanked them for given him the opportunity to serve, adding that he had since joined the progressives even with those who he said used to abuse him for joining the APC.
Some of these views were also emphasized by Hon. Noheem Adams from Eti Osa Constituency 1, who described the late Hon. Kazeem Alimi, who he replaced as his brother with whom he said he was very close before he got to the Assembly.
“I have heard a lot about the House before I got here. They told me not to talk anyhow, but I just decided to talk one day and I pressed the light to talk.
“The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has shown integrity and that brought glamour to the 8th Assembly.
“He is the most experienced lawmaker in the Lagos State House of Assembly as he started his legislative job in 1999 as a councillor in Agege Local Government,” he said.
Hon. Omotayo Oduntan from Alimosho Constituency 2 recalled that she was a member of the Assembly from 1999 to 2003 and went back to the House in 2011, while she was reelected in 2015.
Oduntan stated that the House she met in the 7th Assembly in 2011 was different from that of 1999.
“I supported Speaker Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa from day one and I don’t have cause to regret that.
“I thank Hon. Sikiru Oshinowo for your advice and for being a rallying point. I will miss you and your jokes. I will miss so many of you. I might have stepped on some toes, but my mind is clear to everybody,” she said.
In his comments, Hon. Dayo Fafunmi from Ifako/Ijaiye Constituency 1 stated that the House was a place where one must constantly develop his capacity. Fafunmi revealed that he only had a degree in engineering when he got to the House in 2007, but that he said to himself that he must not depend on this and that he had the opportunity to develop his capacity.
“I had trainings in Havard, Cambridge, University of Lagos and others. I will celebrate one man who treated me like a boy that I was when I came in 2007 and he saw the maturity in me, that is the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa.
“I salute him for his unprecedented bills and proposals to the Lagos State legislature. You might not be able to satisfay all of us, but you follow what you believe in to the last.
“I didn’t have issues when I came for the first term, but the second term was tough. The experience was so much that even when the Speaker saw me he didn’t believe I was the same person. I thank Senator Sikiru Oshinowo and the people of Ifako/Ijaiye Constituency 1,” he said.
In his contributions, Hon. Jude Idimogu from Oshodi/Isolo Constituency 2 said that he would not forget the Speaker, who he said always stood by him like a father and brother as well as Senator Sikiru Oshinowo aka Pepper.
“Pepper taught me loyalty and party supremacy. I was highly welcomed as I joined the progressives from the PDP,”
The Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade was more declarative as he said that none of the lawmakers could claim to be what he was if not for the grace of God.
Agunbiade, representing Ikorodu Constituency 1 added that there was no doubt that the House had done very well.