Jamiu Yisa

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Sabit Adeyemi Ikuforiji, has officially informed his colleagues in the Assembly that he is running for the governorship seat of the state after the expiration of the tenure of the incumbent, Babatunde Raji Fashola, in 2015.

At a breakfast meeting he held with the lawmakers in his official residence at Joel Ogunnaike Street, GRA, Ikeja, this week, Ikuforiji stated that he is gunning for the highest seat in the state and that he believes he possesses the qualities to succeed Fashola.

‘Breakfast meeting with the Speaker’ is a new programme introduced by Ikuforiji to interact informally with the lawmakers on issues affecting the Assembly, the lawmakers and staff.

This week’s meeting was the second in the series. Last week, the Chairman of the Assembly Committee on Information, Strategy and Security and closest ally to Ikuforiji in the Assembly, Segun Olulade, gathered correspondents covering the Assembly and informed them of the Speaker’s aspiration.

Olulade thereafter solicited for the support of the correspondents.

Ikuforiji is from Epe and with his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) zoning its governorship ticket to the Lagos East Senatorial District, he is regarded as one of the front runners for  APC’s ticket.

Ikuforiji is the longest serving Speaker in the history of the state House of Assembly. He became the substantive Speaker in December 2005 in the 5th Assembly when then Speaker, Jokotola Pelumi was impeached by the majority members of the Assembly.

He was re-elected Speaker between 2007 and 2011 for the 6th Assembly and currently for the 7th Assembly starting from 2011 and terminating in 2015.

He is serving his third term in the Assembly. During the first two terms, he represented Epe State Constituency 1. Currently, he is representing Ikeja State Constituency 1.