Ambode, Ashafa, Dabiri Jostle for Osinowo's Senate Seat

A report by Daily post indicated that silent agitations had started for the replacement of the late Bayo Osinowo's seat in the Senate.

Oshinowo, a former majority leader in the Lagos state House of Assembly died after a brief illness suspected to be COVID-19 at the age of 64.

His sudden death has therefore created a vacuum in the upper chamber of the National Assembly.

Though the process for his replacement has not started, names of possible replacement are already flying within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) with five people already been tipped as his likely replacement.

According to the report, they include Dr Tola Kasali, a two-time commissioner in the state; the immediate past governor, Mr Akinwumi Ambode, Senator Oshinowo’s predecessor, Gbenga Ashafa, House of Representatives member Jimi Benson, and Honourable Abike Dabiri, the current Director-General of Nigeria in Diaspora Commission.

A public affairs commentator quoted in the report, Segun Adegoke, said any of the five APC chieftains could emerge as a favourite of the party.

Though booted out of the APC last year, Ambode seems to have made peace with party leaders in Lagos in recent times.

The former governor appended his signature to a communique recently signed by party stakeholders in the state. A move that suggests he has now bowed to supremacy.


Ambode was said to have annoyed the powers that be in the state, hence, the decision not to give him a return ticket in the 2019 governorship election.



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