By Adams Akorede
The House of Representatives lawmakers-elect from across six states in Southwest Nigeria, had picked Hon. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo (Ondo state) alongside Hon. Prince Musliudeen Olaide Akinremi as their National and Zonal Coordinators respectively.
Their appointments followed last week meeting in Abuja by the new lawmakers from the zone, on the need to have representatives who can galvanise their positions in the leadership structure of the ninth House of Representatives billed for inauguration in June.
Also, the ‘first time’ lawmakers rose from a closed-door meeting in Ibadan on Friday and pledged their allegiance to party’s decision on house leadership structure.
Led by their national coordinator, Hon. Tunji-Ojo, alongside their Southwest coordinator, Hon. Akinremi, they all converged at Ibadan Business School, Bodija and expressed willingness to ‘at all times remain loyal party members’.
They said they had no objection to the party’s position on selection of the house leadership.
Akinremi, the host lawmaker who was flanked by James Owolabi (Ifako-Ijaye, Lagos state); Peter Owolabi (Ekiti North constituency 1); and Lanre Edun (Abeokuta South), who spoke to reporters on behalf of the other lawmakers, said, “we had a fruitful deliberation during the meeting which lasted over three hours.
Akinremi Jagaban said “all of us agreed on the party’s supremacy and the need to rally support for the success of President Muhammadu Buhari administration when we are inaugurated in June this year as members of the ninth National Assembly.”
Akinremi who was recently elected to represent Ibadan North federal constituency in Abuja further said, “we all agreed to abide by the consensus arrangement of the party in choosing the house leadership.
“We pledged to protect the interest of the party, especially on the need to make APC more stronger ahead of the 2023, in Yorubaland” Akinremi Jagaban told journalists.