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JUST IN: Dayo Bush-Alebiosu Challenges Incumbent Agunsoye for Kosofe Federal House of Reps

By Idris Aina

Information exclusively reaching InsideMainland indicates that Dayo Bush-Alebiosu has now joined the race to become APC’s candidate to contest for membership of the Federal House of Representatives under the hotly contested Kosofe Federal Constituency in the imminent 2019 elections. D-Bush (as friends call him), is gunning to unseat the incumbent Kosofe Rep, Hon. Oluwarotimi  Agunsoye. Mr. Bush-Alebiosu is not new to the seat as he is a former two-term member of the House of Representatives, representing Kosofe Federal Constituency.

Alebiosu was elected and re-elected into Parliament in 2007 and 2011 respectively, where he served till 2015. In 2007, Dayo gathered 100,000 votes, more than any elected Representative in Nigeria then.

According to observers, the young and dynamic D-Bush is the candidate to beat due to his intimidating credentials, wealth of political experience and distinguished/glowing performance while at the National Assembly. A Political observer conversant with Kosofe politics told InsideMainland that “the dexterity and the law-making excellence of D-Bush manifested when he served as the pioneer Chairman of the House Committee on Treaties and Agreements; and also served as the Chairman of the Sub-Committee on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). He also at several times, served in different committees including National Security, Petroleum (Upstream), Gas Resources, and Justice”. 

The Analyst believes that Mr. Bush-Alebiosu’s passion for young people’s participation in politics and governance led him to form an alliance with some young people to form a group known as Young Alliance. This group is saddled with the responsibility of mobilizing young people into politics. His belief is that young people should concentrate on occupying the legislative arm of government, through this, they can better influence policy making and also prepare themselves for governance in the nearest future”. 

While in the House of Reps, he sponsored bills and moved motions that earned him the respect of his colleagues that Analyst said. Some of the motions moved include request for the house to direct an outright proscription of sales, distribution and consumption of all brands of caffeinated energy drinks in Nigeria in 2013; the motion to appeal the decision of the international court of Justice (ICJ) ceding Bakassi Peninsula to Cameroon and the violation of the green tree agreement entered into between Nigeria and Cameroon over the cession and administration of Bakassi to Cameroon (2012) and many others, according to his parliamentary records available. 

The incumbent on the other hand, Hon. Oluwarotimi Ojo Agunsoye, the Political Analyst said, “is believed to be finding the big shoes left by Dayo Bush more than three years ago, difficult for the former Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs in Lagos state, to fill”. Born in 1963, Oluwarotimi attended the Mount Olivert Grammar School, Ibadan Oyo State for his post-primary education between 1980 and 1985 and proceeded to the University of Ibadan, where he bagged a Bachelor Degree in 1989. He was actually brought to political limelight during the tenure of Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola as governor of the state when he was appointed a Commissioner. Since he became a member of the National Assembly much has not been seen or heard about his legislative prowess in terms of contribution at the floor of the Green Chamber. It will be recalled that he emerged as the representative of Kosofe in a controversial manner. The primary that gave him the ticket witnessed series of violence and took place almost three times before results were allegedly announced by leaders of the party. The announcement of the results actually took place when delegates have been asked to go home and come back the following day.

After the primary’s fiasco, D-Bush, a lover of learning, proceeded to pursue advance courses in Leadership and Decision Making at Harvard University and Dynamic Leadership at University College London (UCL). He went further to obtain a degree in Leadership and Management from (Northumbria University), where he is also currently completing his Master’s degree in Leadership and Management, and rounding up on a Postgraduate Executive programme in Strategic Leadership at the Warwick Business School, England. 

Prior to his emergence as a federal lawmaker, Hon. Bush served as Special Assistant to the Governor of Lagos State on Housing from 2003 till 2007, a position that enriched him the strategies for effective governance. Mr Bush-Alebiosu, described by many as an embodiment of academic excellence, is a qualified Architect and excelled brilliantly in this profession before venturing into his lifelong desire of being an agent of change through his involvement in politics. 

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