Parliament Spotlight: Senator Teslim Kolawole Folarin | Oyo APC Governorship Candidate

He is the first lawmaker from his state to be elected thrice to the Red Chamber. Parliament Spotlight this week is on Teslim Folarin, representing Oyo Central Senatorial District and one of the legislators in the Ninth Assembly seeking the top seat at the Oyo State Government House
adminDecember 21, 20222 min

He is the first lawmaker from his state to be elected thrice to the Red Chamber. Parliament Spotlight this week is on Teslim Folarin, representing Oyo Central Senatorial District and one of the legislators in the Ninth Assembly seeking the top seat at his/her State Government House

 

Having spent over two decades in politics, 59-year-old Senator Teslim Kolawole Folarin would be attempting to win his fifth election since 2003, including the 2015 governorship poll, where he lost as a candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).

Senator Folarin, who is currently Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Content had previously served as Majority Leader of the Legislative Chamber. In this piece, we examine his legislative profile, major achievements, as well as controversies in his political career this far.

 

LEGISLATIVE PROFILE

  • Lawmaker representing Oyo Central Senatorial District (2003 – 2007)
    People’s Democratic Party (PDP)
  • Lawmaker representing Oyo Central Senatorial District (2007 – 2011)
    People’s Democratic Party (PDP)
  • Senate Majority Leader
    6th National Assembly
  • Lawmaker representing Oyo Central Senatorial District (2019 – date)
    All Progressives Congress (APC)
  • Chairman, Senate Committee on Local Content
    9th National Assembly

MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS (LEGISLATURE)

  • First elected to the Senate in 2003 at age 39.
  • Senator Folarin is the only Senator in Oyo State to have been elected thrice to serve at the Red Chamber.
  • As Leader of the Senate, he sponsored the Insurance Act, Armed Forces Pension Act and several others.

 

MAJOR CONTROVERSIES

 

POLITICAL PROFILE (ELECTIVE)

  • Oyo State Gubernatorial Candidate (2014)
    People’s Democratic Party (PDP)
  • Oyo State Gubernatorial Candidate (2023)
    All Progressives Congress (APC)

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