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32 APC lawmakers to decide next Assembly Speaker today 


National Assembly

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Barring a last minute change, the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Eighth Assembly, will emerge today and put an end of weeks of speculations, intense lobbying and apprehension.
Successor of the current Speaker, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, will emerge in a primary election holding at the Assembly complex, among 32 All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers. The 32 lawmakers — made up of 20 returning members and 12 newcomers — will cast their votes for five of their colleagues aspiring for one of the state’s most coveted political offices.
The candidates are: current Deputy Chief Whip, Rotimi Abiru, representing Somolu II Constituency; Funmilayo Tejuosho, representing Mushin I Constituency; Sanai Agunbiade, Ikorodu I Constituency; Mudashiru Obasa, from Agege I Constituency and newcomer, Sanni-Eshilokun, Lagos Island I Constituency.
Today’s in-house primary was on the heels of a directive from the powers that be in the APC, instructing that the 32 lawmakers reach an agreement and present a consensus candidate. The Guardian gathered that at a meeting attended by all (except Sanni-Eshilokun) on Tuesday, the members could not agree on a candidate.
It was leant that none of the five candidates was ready to step-down for the other, not even for Obasa, apparently supported by the presiding chairman, Bayo Osinowo.

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