The demise of late Senator Bayo Oshinowo of All Progressives Congress (APC) on Monday has created a vacuum in the Nigerian Upper Chamber of the National Assembly. Though, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has not called for a re-run election to the vacant Lagos East Senatorial seat, but politicians, especially in the APC have started strategizing, permutations and agitations for the red chamber post.
TopSearch Magazine reliably gathered that not less than eight aspirants have been lobbying and making consultations with the appropriate quarters within the party on the vacant seat.
According to a political stalwart from Lagos East, he confirmed that more than eight aspirants are showing interest directly or indirectly to the party, but about four or five of them are prominent with track record of achievements. The source confirmed.
Among those the source confined on the magazine are : Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, a one time member of House of Representatives, and now Chairman, of the Nigerian in Diaspora Commission (NiDC), the predecessor of the deceased, Senator Gbenga Ashafa, Hon. Jimi Benson, a serving member of the House of Representatives, Dr. Tola Kasali, a two-term commissioner, and the immediate past Lagos State Governor, Akinwumi Ambode.
According to the source, “Decision would be taken among the aspirants when it is appropriate. The party and people of Lagos State are still mourning the sudden demise of Oshinowo. Any among the aforementioned names is qualified, competent and good material. All of them have been tested and trusted in one area or the other”. TopSearch gathered.