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Lagos Speakership Race hots Up As Obasa Parleys Fresh Members-Elect

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The race for the Speakership of Lagos State House of Assembly in the 9th Assembly has taken a new dimension as the incumbent Speaker, Rt(Hon) Mudashiru Obasa, would be holding a parley meeting this evening after the plenary with the newly elected members over his re-election bid to retain the seat.

As at the time of filing this report, the plenary is still on as seven committee reports were presented before the House for deliberation and adoption today.

It was gathered that the strategic meeting with the fresh members-elect was to romance them ahead of the inauguration of the 9th Assembly where the Speaker of the 9th Assembly would emerge. It is important to state that the 9th Assembly would be inaugurated likely Friday, 7th.

Some of the fresh members-elect sighted to attend the parley meeting are, Mr Kehinde Joseph (Alimosho 2), Mr Temitope Adewale (Ifako Ijaiye 1), Mrs Anne Mojisola Macaulay ( Amuwo Odofin 1), Mr Wale Olumoh (Ajeromi-Ifelodun 1) and Mr Alao Oseni (Lagos Mainland 1).

According to reliable sources, the meeting would also be used to enlighten and educate the fresh members-elect on how they would vote in favour of Obasa on the inauguration day.

A source close to the major power broker of the House and a Senator-Elect, informed that the meeting would also include staunch supporters of Obasa who are perceived to be strong loyalists of the incumbent.

“Obasa will be meeting specially with fresh lawmakers-elect this evening after plenary and it is likely those returning lawmakers who are string loyalists would be in the parley meeting. This approach will help the Speaker to retain the seat if he succeeds in winning them to his side. Although, this will not be the first time he would be meeting them on his re-election bid”, said the source

It is interesting to point that since almost a month now, the battle for the Speakership of the Lagos State House of Assembly is hot up as noticeable principal officers are lobbying to take over from Obasa, while secretly consulting All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders in the state most especially the members of the Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC) to support their agenda.

Those jostling for the position with the incumbent are deploying different strategies to get the blessing and endorsement of the leaders of the party most especially the National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
But as it is, Obasa may have edge over them as he had extended his tentacle to various interests whom he perceived to be working against his re-election bid.

What is obvious is that, the remaining few days to the inauguration of the 9th Assembly would throw up several intrigues and permutations which would shape the moves to the emergence of the Speaker of the 9th Assembly.

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Lagos Assembly to Sanwo-Olu: Ensure strict enforcement of COVID-19 rules

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The Lagos House of Assembly on Monday called on the governor of the state, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to commence very tough enforcement of the COVID-19 protocols among residents of the state.

The House said its decision follows the outright disregard for the protocols against the pandemic by some residents and visitors to the state.

The members of the House also asked the governor to call on the state’s commissioner for information, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, to embark on enlightenment campaigns and education of the people concerning the dangerous effects of the pandemic on the society.

Prior to the decision of the lawmakers, Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, noted that the state, just like the country, cannot afford another lockdown because of the adverse effect such would have on the economy.

Speaker Obasa said there was need for more enlightenment because COVID-19 in the state and country was taking a dreadful dimension.

He noted that the life of every single individual in Lagos remains precious and as such, there must be conscious efforts to protect the residents.

Kicking off the debate, the acting chairman of the House committee on health, Hon. Hakeem Sokunle (Oshodi/Isolo 1), had raised concerns over the new wave of COVID-19 in the state.

Sokunle told his colleagues that before now, only few patients needed oxygen.

The situation, he said, has changed as over 80 percent of patients now needing oxygen.

He proposed that apart from enlightenment, there should strict compliance to the COVID-19 protocols as well as the cancelling social engagements.

He also urged that wearing of face masks should be enforced.

Sokunle’s position was supported by Olowo and other lawmakers.

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2023 PRESIDENCY: Obasa leads mobilization for Tinubu

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Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, speaker of the Lagos State House Of Assembly has begun mass mobilization to raise support ahead of 2023 Tinubu’s presidential ambition.

Obasa has openly rallied support for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, as all his political platform have spearheaded and constituted the Bola Ahmed Tinubu campaign group, all his political platform and structures have been collapsed to form Bola Tinubu 2023 (B.A.T 2023), ahead of the 2023 presidential race.

Rt. Obasa addressing The Obasa Movement Lagos Ndi Igbo in Lagos on Saturday, said he is leading the course towards the emergence of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria come 2023.

“Only God knows what will happen in 2023 and my only prayer is that Asiwaju should become the president of Nigeria in 2023,” he opined.

‘We have set up our own platform which is called B.A.T 2023, and we have our members allover Nigeria,’ He said.

It is our duty to mobilise Nigerians for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu 2023 presidency project.

“he deserves it, because he is good, he has the brain, he has the capacity and has the interest of Nigeria at heart” Obasa said.

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LAGOS EAST BYE-ELECTION: APC drags PDP Candidate to court for certificate forgery

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The All Progressives Congress (APC), Lagos State, has dragged the candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the December 5 senatorial bye-election in Lagos East, Mr. Babatunde Gbadamosi before a Federal High Court, Ikoyi for alleged perjury and falsification of certificates.

Counsel to Lagos APC, Mr. Kemi Pinheiro (SAN) of Pinheiro LP and Mr. Kemi Balogun (SAN) of Oluwakemi Balogun LP filed the suit at the court on Monday, asking it to disqualify Gbadamosi from contesting the bye-election.

The APC filed the suit against the PDP candidate and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) supported with documents to prove its case.

In the Suit NO: FHC/L/CS/1659/2020, the APC averred that it studied the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) certificate, which Gbadamosi submitted to the INEC in comparison with his certificate obtained from the official website of WAEC.

The party, in its writs of summons, claimed that it discovered certain discrepancies in the certificates, which according to the APC, were indicative of the fact that the WAEC certificate Gbadamosi submitted to the INEC might have been falsified.

It claimed that some of the discrepancies observed in Gbadamosi’s WAEC certificate include the number of subjects the PDP candidate allegedly sat for “is different from the number of subjects he sat for as contained on the website of WAEC.

“Also, the grades he claims to have received via the certificate is different from that contained on the official website of WAEC,” the APC declared in its writs of summon.

The WAEC certificate, which Gbadamosi submitted to the INEC, revealed that the PDP candidate only sat for five subjects: English Language with A3 grade, Literature in English C5; History C5; Commerce C4 and Biology P7.

However, details of Gbadamosi’s result obtained from WAEC’s official website revealed that the PDP candidate for eight subjects in which he had F-9 in Bible Knowledge; F-9 in Economics; F-9 in Mathematics; A-3 English Language; C-5 in Literature in English; C-5 in History; C-4 in Commerce and P-7 Biology.

The APC, also, alleged that the PDP candidate filled Form EC9 that he attended the Lagos State University after obtaining his WAEC certificate in 1985, which it argued, was suspicious because he did not meet requirements for admission in the university.

On these grounds, the APC asked the court to disqualify the PDP and Gbadamosi from contesting the forthcoming senatorial bye-election in Lagos East, which the INEC had rescheduled to hold on December 5

Apart from asking the court to disqualify the PDP candidate from contesting the December 5 senatorial bye-election in Lagos East, the APC prayed that the court, also, “disqualifies him from contesting future elections in view of the falsified certificate he presented to the INEC.”

Also, in its statement of claims, the APC declared that it had painstakingly studied the Forms EC9 and CF001 Gbadamosi filled and submitted to the INEC for the purpose of the December 5 senatorial bye-election

The party alleged that the PDP candidate made several false declarations on oath regarding his working experience, his educational qualifications and certain other aspects.

It, also, alleged that Gbadamosi did not participate in the one year mandatory National Youth Service (NYSC), which according to the APC, indicated that making “false declarations on oath and failure to participate in the mandatory national service are offences under our several criminal laws.”

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