When the Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, bared its fangs Against four fellow lawmakers, many were taken aback because of the good relationship that exist between them.
Many were surprised that Hon Muyiwa Jimoh From Apapa constituency 2, a close ally of the Speaker was given such treatment. He was sacked from being the deputy majority leader, while Hon. Rotimi Abiru from Somolu Constituency 1 lost his chief whip position. Two others , Olanrewaju Oshun Mainland 2 and Raheem Kazeem from Ibeju Lekki Constituency 2 were given indefinite suspension.
The latest rumbles in the Lagos Assembly has to do with the control of the House between Mandate Group, which Hon. Jimoh and his colleagues belong and other groups. The leader of mandate group is the Minister of the Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.
Apart from the struggle for the position of leadership in the House, the politics of 2023 is gradually playing out.
We gathered that Obasa is working to replace the Senator representing Lagos West in the Senate, Solomon Olamilekan aka Yayi in 2023.
Besides, during the valedictory service before winding up of the 8th assembly, Jimoh was said to have spoken on the need for Obasa to amend his ways as they resume. Some of Jimoh’s admonition, we gathered didn’t go down well with Obasa who saw it as an affront on his leadership. He was particularly irked when Jimoh said he will be on probation for six months to see if he would change, otherwise he will lose his speakership position.
What however played out on the floor of the House on Monday according to inside source was a pre-emptive strike against Jimoh and his group.
What’s not clear is how Obasa hope to wade through the storm since Senator Bayo Osinowo aka ‘Pepperito’ who was his main backer has moved to the National Assembly.
A source who craves for anonymity says the gladiators are just warming up.
“ What you saw yesterday was a dress rehearsal to the real battle for the control of the House ahead 2023. And interestingly, Bayo Osinowo is no longer there to mobilize for Obasa. It was Osinowo who put his foot down against the candidature of Wasiu Sanni Esinlokun In 2015 in support of Obasa.
“ You haven’t seen the end of this battle, I pray it won’t turn to ‘roforofo’ in the days ahead as the gladiators retreated to unleash their “ plan B” on Obasa who is vulnerable now due to the absence of ‘Pepperito’.”