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OBASA: Group faults Sahara Reporters

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A group led by Journalist and publisher of CityPulse magazine, Ayo Mojoyin has condemned what it described as continued attack on the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt.Hon. Mudashiru Obasa by online medium, SaharaReporters.

In a a release made available to Journalists, the group said the newspaper has made a mess of universal ethics of Journalism.

Part of the statement reads “Our attention has been drawn to another set of fake reports carried out again by Sahara Reporters belonging to Omoyele Sowore, the infamous blackmailer, who through his unfounded stories and allegations has violated all ethics and dictates of news media.

“Sowore, an indigene of Ondo state, southwest Nigeria whose latest series of deliberate falsehoods is coming days after we came out with proof that the medium LIED in its claim that the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, spends N17 million to maintain his office and personal apartment.

“Let us start with its latest disparaging story about how the Speaker supposedly approved N258,835,000 to print invitation two months after the inauguration of the 9th Assembly.

According to the group, the writer of the piece “was not in his right frame of mind as he put his pen to paper.”

It claims “what was approved for the printing of the invitation card for event was just N1,130,000. But how Sahara Reporters arrived at N258,835,000 beats the imagination of any sane person.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the entire inauguration of the 9th Assembly can be summed into a total of N61.3 million as the document accompanying this response shows. A breakdown of the expenses is also glaring for every discerning mind to see that Sahara Reporters is nothing but a tool for blackmail.

“In another spurious report, the medium contemptuously claimed that the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, gave approval of N45.7 million for a 2019 Christmas party that never held.

“In its rush to satisfy its co-travellers who furnished it with the lies, the traducing medium ‘shot itself in the foot’ by failing to carry out the minutest of investigations – did the party actually hold?

“One would naturally have disregarded this particular report. However, it is just necessary to school Sahara Reporters that the medium is only dragging itself to disrepute with the fakes it vomits of people without adequate proofs.

The group also clarified some of the issues raised by Sahara Reporters, with a view to correcting such.

“For the avoidance of doubts, here are a few things Sahara Reporters should know and report back to those sending it on a wild goose chase:

  1. The party held at the Assembly premises of the Lagos State Assembly and it was two-in-one, a combination of the Outreach programme and the normal Christmas party.
  2. The First Lady of Lagos, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu was at the event.
  3. As usual, there were clergymen at the event where a sermon was preached by notable man of God and General Overseer of Christ Living Apostolic Ministry (CLAM), Pastor Wole Oladiyun.
  4. His Royal Highness, Babatunde Ogunlaja, senior female politician, Chief Kemi Nelson, party chiefs and local government chairmen were there.
  5. It is worthy of note that the children also held their party, which is the norm, at a different part of the Assembly premises on the same day.
  6. There are photographs and videos evidences to back up this explanation and pooh-pooh the hatchet job reeking of mischief carried out by Sahara Reporters.

“On the claimed N53.7 million approved by the Speaker to take an imaginary mistress to the United States, Sahara Reporters again goofed because it failed to acknowledge that the travel was officially for Speaker Obasa, members of the House and some staff.

  1. The event was even an opportunity to recognise and honour deserving staff who had excelled in the course of their careers.

“Again, here are the facts Sahara Reporters either deliberately and maliciously shielded or was blind to:

  1. The event was to Georgia, United States, for the 2019 US-Nigeria Trade and Investment Global Summit which was billed to hold between 26th and 28th September 2019. As is customary, the Speaker went for the event on a different flight from the lawmakers and others.
  2. However, on getting to the US, the summit was discovered to have clashed with a United Nations event which took pre-eminence on Nigerian officials. Thus, the Speaker, lawmakers and staff returned ahead of an anticipated new date for the event.
  3. All those who attended the event still have evidences of their flight tickets and hotel reservations.
    For the avoidance of doubt again, those who went for the event include:
  4. Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa
  5. Hon. Jimi Mohammed
  6. Hon. Saka Nurudeen Solaja
  7. Hon. Tunde Braimoh
  8. Folashade Latona
  9. Nike Ajibosin being in charge of protocol.

“With the facts now laid bare again, one would wonder why Sahara Reporters remain bent on further soiling its drowning image in the eyes of reasonable Nigerians. It is also obvious that its co-travellers are do not just aim at Speaker Obasa, a lawmaker per-excellence, but are also, subconsciously, bringing down whatever remains of Sahara Reporter as a tool for blackmail.

“It is glaring beyond reasonable doubt that the primary goal is to churn out anything and everything damaging irrespective of whether they are true or not as long as the Speaker’s soaring political political profile is dented ahead of 2023. It is no longer news that Obasa has become a household name in major parts of Lagos, nay Nigeria, and this is sending strong shivers down the spine of the enemies. There is not just palpable fear, but sleepless nights, which is just starting.

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LAGOS EAST: Abiru promises to sustain quality representation

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By Timi Joshua

The All Progressives Congress candidate for the Lagos East Senatorial bye election,Mr Tokunbo Abiru on Tuesday have pledged total commitment to his people if voted to the National Assembly.

Abiru ,a former Managing Director of Polaris Bank,made the pledge during a meeting with party stakeholders, community leaders and residents in Somolu .

He said he was contesting the senatorial election to offer quality representation for the people of the district .

“Let me assure you and all the good people of Lagos East that I will not disappoint if I am elected .

“I will carry on the legacies of those who had represented the senatorial district in the past that have offeref quality representation from 1999 till date, from my father to late senator Bayo Osinowo.

“These great men did very well; I can’t afford to do less.I will do my best to the service of the people if elected “,he said.

He also, said he would bring all the competences acquired in the banking sector for about 30 years and in public sector as former Finance Commissioner, to bear on the service of the people if elected.

Abiru stressed on why he would work with the other National Assembly members to attract more development to Lagos East and the state.

The ex-Polaris Bank boss said Lagos deserved special status being a former Federal capital,saying he would work with others to secure that for the state.

“Also I will carry out empowerment programmes to uplift the people and promote the prosperity of the senatorial district”,he said.

He urged the people of Somolu and those of other communities to go out en masse on Oct.31 to vote for him and APC.

Abiru also urged party members mobilise others to make the victory emphatic.

Earlier,Chief Kaoli Olusanya, APC Vice Chairman ,Lagos East ,described Abiru as a credible and competent candidate .

He said the party had no doubts that Abiru would deliver if elected .

Olusanya said just like Abiru stabilised hitherto distressed Polaris Bank as CEO ,he would make great impact if elected as senator .

He expressed regrets that votes for APC in the state had decreased over time and urged residents of the senatorial to come out en masses on Oct.31 to prove their support for the party.

“In the 2019 elections ,the entire votes APC got in Somolu for Gov.Sanwoolu were in the region of 40,000, that is not good enough.

“Bariga alone can give that .So this time around I urge you to go out and deliver at least 100,000 votes for our candidate “,he said.

He said with massive turn out of party members and residents,APC would win by landslide.

The meeting was attended by many party members ,community leaders ,traders and youths.

Some of the prominent APC chieftains at the meeting include Somolu Federal House of Representatives Ademorin Kuye(Somolu); a member of the state House of Assembly ,Mr Rotimi Abiru(Somolu 2) and another member ,Mr Rotimi Olowo(Somolu 1)

Chairman of Somolu Local Government Area,Mr Ahmed Salau and Chairman of Bariga Local Council Development Area,Mr Kolade Alabi were among those in attendance.

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Lagos Assembly Begins Probe Of Auditor-General’s Report On MDAs

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Lagos Assembly Begins Probe Of Auditor-General’s Report On MDAsThe Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the Lagos State House Committee, on Tuesday commenced the 2019 consideration exercise of the state Auditor-General’s statutory report on the account of the state Ministries Departments Agencies (MDAs).

While addressing journalists at the opening of the exercise, Chairman of the committee, Hon. Nurudeen Saka-Solaja explained that the purpose of the exercise was not to witch-hunt but to invite all heads of the indicted MDAs and sought clarifications from the as regards the outstanding queries raised in the Auditor-General’s report to enhance better service delivery in the state.

Saka-Solaja noted that the Public Account Committee is a statutory establishment of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and an important instrument of checks, probity and accountability by the legislature both at the federal and state levels.

According to him, “Sections 125(2) and 129(1) (c) of the 1999 Constitution as amended empowers the Public Accounts Committee of the House of Assembly to ‘summon any person in Nigeria to give evidence at any place or produce any document or other things in his possession or under his control and examine him as witness and require him to produce any document or other thing in his possession or under his control, subject to all just exceptions’ during the deliberation and consideration exercise of the audited report of the accounts of MDAs submitted by the Auditor-General of the state.

“Accordingly, in consonance with the need for effective and best practices in the pursuit of its statutory objectives, the Public Accounts Committee (State) of the Lagos State House of Assembly today commenced the deliberations and considerations of the audited report of the State Auditor-General on the accounts of the Lagos State government for the year ended, 31st December, 2019,” Saka-Solaja said.

He, however, assured Lagosians that as part of the oversight function of the legislative arm of government, that all monies budgeted for the MDAs will be properly scrutinized as well as judiciously spent as captured in the budget of the state.

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“Victory is sure for APC in Edo guber poll” -Uzodinma

Imo state governor expresses confidence on Ize-Iyanmu’s emergence as Edo governor

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By Joshua Timi, Benin City

The Imo State governor, Hope Uzodinma on Thursday arrived Benin City with the hope to accomplish victory for the APC gubernatorial candidate, Pastor Ozagie Ize-Iyamu in the Saturday’s governorship election in Edo state.

Gov. Uzodinma, who landed in Benin City at about 12: 45pm at the Benin Airport in company of Deputy Senate President, Sen. Ovie Omoagege said that the victory is sure for his party.

Speaking with newsmen shortly after his arrival, Uzodinma expressed that his mission in Edo State was to consolidate on campaign consultations done by the party so far in the state.

“I have come here to consolidate in line with our campaign consultations; we hope that before the mid night today, which is the end of the campaign, we will use the opportunity to mop up our vote gathering campaign”.

He explained that APC has gained a lot of popularity in the state and the candidacy of its flag bearer in the gubernatorial election was commendable.

“It is very clear from opinion polls that our party is very popular here, we have campaigned enough and we have very good candidate by the grace of God, we will emerge victorious” he said.

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