We write to commiserate with the entire All Progressives Congress (APC) on the death of Senator Bayo Sikiru Osinowo. There is no doubt that the demise of the experienced parliamentarian has created vacuity within the East Senatorial District, Lagos State and Nigeria at large. We ask God to forgive his sins and grant him Aljanat Fridaous.
Reports in both print and social media suggest that the jostle for the replacement of the late senator has begun and several names including Senator Olorunibe Mamora, Senator Gbenga Bareehu Ashafa, Chief Lanre Rasak, Honourable Dayo-Bush Alebiosu, Akinwunmi Ambode, Honourable Jimi Benson.
Others in the picture are; Honourable Abike Dabiri, Chief Lanre Rasak (KLM), Dr Tola Kasali.
These names, we gathered, have cropped up for possible replacement for Lagos East Senatorial District at the Red Chambers.
Without prejudice to the political weights and inclinations of the above names and with the recent call on young people for leadership positions and participation in both local and national politics, we would like to categorically state that a young and vibrant legislator is who the East Senatorial District deserve. The potential lawmaker must also boast of experience with track records in legislative functions.
Consequent to the aforementioned, It is on record that the deceased senator had barely completed a year of his four year mandate before the cold hand of death caught up with him. In this light, we would like to clearly state that the constituency from which the deceased senator emerged should be given utmost consideration for his replacement. This is to give a sense of accomplishment to the constituency.
We implore the party hierarchy and leadership to lend credence to our position and carefully make appropriate selection whilst also calling on the National Leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu who has been known for his fair judgment and sense of reasoning in the balance of power within the state vis a vis Local Governments within all the Senatorial Districts.
-Comrade Abdulwaheed Odunuga