OrderPaperToday – Obanikoro Ibrahim Babajide is one of the twenty four members of the House of Representatives flying the Lagos State flag in the 9th assembly.
He is representing Eti-Osa federal constituency under the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and currently serves as the Deputy Chairman of the House Committee on Steel.
Scion of the popular Lagos politician, former senator and ex-minister of state for defence, Mr. Musiliu Obanikoro, Babajide can be said to have been exposed to the best of education and political tutelage.
His curriculum vitae shows that he has had numerous trainings on governance and leadership both in and out of the country in a bid to increase his knowledge on politics and economy, ostensibly in preparation for public service.
Babajide was in the private sector before his foray into active politics and had served as president of the African Student Association of St Cloud University, Minnesota, USA, during his days in school. In terms of field experience, he worked under the canopy of his father’s political structure, including serving as Director of Youth Involvement of Koro Youth Campaign Organization at a time.
Obanikoro’s background and exposure to public, private and political life appear not to have any noticeable impact on his performance as member of the House of Representatives so far. Official record from the National Assembly reveals that the young Obanikoro did not sponsor any bill in the first two years of the 9th assembly.
He shares this unenviable position with the nine others, including the son of the Oba of Lagos, Mr. Kayode Akiolu, who had no bill to his name in two years of the House.
This performance does not add any value to his pedigree neither does it speak well of his background as the son of a popular politician. This also falls short of public expectations given that Babajide defeated a popular music artist, Banky W, to win the seat as a newbie for Eti-Osa federal constituency at the 2019 polls.