The two-term member Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Sanai Oyeniran Bolanle Agunbiade, representing Ikorodu Constituency I has declared that his third attempt at the state legislature is in Ikorodu interest.
In his letter written to political, opinion, traditional, religious leaders, groups and general constituents in Ikorodu Constituency II and the party, titled, “Expression of Interest for Another Term – Beyond Personal Ambition”, Hon Agunbiade stated that he is going back to the State legislature to further contribute to the legislature and bring more practical representation and dividends of democracy to his people.
“My persuasion for this humble decision is rooted firmly in the reality that whereas, Ikorodu can only boast of a second-term-member for the first time in the history of legislature in Lagos State. There are seven Constituencies presently basking in the euphoria of legislative relevance and privilege of producing fourth (4th) and third (3rd) term members that are still eligible and may return to the Assembly for another term. Their continuity has boosted their productivity and opened the said constituencies to better-legislative-executive relationship and dividends of democracy” Agunbiade stated in his open letter to his constituents.
The legislator who had made his formal declaration at the three Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Ikorodu Constituency I, explained that the House of Assembly is an institution where ranking (Seniority) counts and productivity, as well as the strength of the Parliament/Legislature are often rooted in the quality and experience of its members.
“The longer a legislator stays in the legislature, the more experience he becomes and stronger his ability to lobby and win the support of his colleagues and members of the cabinet in the scheme of things. The rules and tradition of the house also limits the eligibility of a new member in respect of principal offices of the Assembly and major committees except after the ranking members have all been assigned as Committee Chairmen.”
He appealed to leaders of his party and general constituents to allow him further entrench the constituency in legislative relevance in the state and that 2015 is the most auspicious time to achieve this as Ikorodu would not have to wait another eight years to achieve same opportunity she can have in 2015.
“I pray that this aspiration is not viewed as a selfish move, but a political strategy desired at this time of our quest for more relevance in the governance of Lagos State”
In the booklet which contained an open letter to his constituents, Hon. Sanai O.B. Agunbiade also listed the achievements of his quality and practical representation in the last seven years.