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Obasagate: SaharaReporters, Others Shun Adhoc Committee Invitation

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By Joshua Timi

SaharaReporters media , Mr. Babajide Otitoju of TVC, Mr. Bayo Oluwasanmi, Budgit, Concerned Nigerians, Adeola Fayehun of Keeping It Real, The Independent Diaspora Nigerians Against Corruption, Human and Environmental Development Agenda on Thursday shunned the invitation of the Lagos House of Assembly on the allegations of corruption made against the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa.

Addressing journalists and other members of the Adhoc Committee raised by the House on the matter, Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Victor Akande stated that the Committee was constituted for a fact-finding mission on the allegations made against Speaker Mudashiru Obasa so that the invited groups and persons could substantiate their allegations.

Members of the committee included Hon. Rotimi Olowo, Shomolu 1, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu, Eti Osa 2 and Hon. Yinka Ogundimu, Agege 2.

Others are Hon. Lukmon Olumoh, Ajeromi/Ifelodun 1, Hon. Ajani Owolabi, Lagos Mainland 1 and Hon. Mojisola Alli Macaulay, Amuwo Odofin 1

“We still have tomorrow, Friday and Saturday for the petitioners to come around. I want to thank you for your patience and for being prompt with your attendance. 

“This is not the first time that we are having this kind of issue. It has happened in the National Assembly before. 

“It is an allegation, we cannot just go to court. We have to find out the facts and figures. It is not just against the Speaker of the House. 

“The House once investigated an issue against the former Governor of the state. We must build something on something for us to have a cause of action,” he said.

Hon. Akande revealed that SaharaReporters, which he said is the most important party in the matter, received and acknowledged the receipt of the invite of the House through their email address. 

He added that most of the invitees did not have permanent addresses, and that the House sent invitations to them through their email addresses, and the means they used to make their allegations against the Speaker.

Meanwhile, Mr Babajide Otitoju, Director of Programme, Television Continental TVC, who happened to be one of those invited, was contacted to find out if he received any invitation from the assembly, he said,”no invitation yet. Why would I be invited in the first place. I made no allegation of corruption against the speaker. So what do they want from me?” He asked. 

A member of Human and Environmental Development Agebda, HEDA, one of the Civil Society organisations invited, Mr Sulaiman Arigbabola confirmed they got an invitation from the house last night but was too late. 

“Our organisation got an email from the house inviting us for the meeting but this was less than 14 hours to the scheduled time for the meeting”, he said. 

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TUNDE BURAIMOH: “I didn’t say he died of Covid-19” -Sokunle

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Hon. Hakeem Sokunle, member representing Oshodi/Isolo constituency I has refuted claims that he revealed the cause of death of his colleague Hon Tunde Braimoh, stating expressly contrary to the reports credited to a media organisation, he never confirmed that COVID-19 killed him.
The lawmaker who is shocked about the development, stated that he felt it is important he counters the attribution made about him in the said story because it did not reflect the truth about what transpired.
He said:”I was at Infectious Disease Hospital at Yaba earlier today to verify the claim of Hon Tunde Braimoh’s demise, he having been there several days back.

Family, friends and associates paying last respect to Buraimoh

“At that particular time his constituents and relatives were already there to pick up his corpse but the Doctor at IDH did not oblige them the request.

“That was how I got the news and at no time did I speak with the any media correspondent about the matter, it is still a rude shock to me that a colleague pass on and I could not even pick my calls”. Sokunle added.
The journalist report that he made effort to visit the IDH earlier today but was not allowed entrance into the  isolation centres, but Hon Sokunle who saw him afar suggested that they should let him stay and watch from a distance.
His body has since been laid to rest at Ikoyi cemetry today.

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“Lie! Tunde Buraimoh didn’t contract Covid-19 from Pepperito”

“It’s shocking to say the late Braimoh contracted Covid-19 from our dear father,”

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The family and political associates of the late Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District in the Senate, Senator Sikiru Adebayo Osinowo, have debunked comments credited to a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly on the cause of the death of Hon Olatunde Braimoh.

Honourable Hakeem Sokunle, Chairman of the House Committee on Health, had told the media that the late Braimoh died as a result of complications resulting from Covid-19 because he had contacts with the Late Senator Osinowo.

READ ALSO: TUNDE BURAIMOH: “I didn’t say he died of Covid-19” -Sokunle

But reacting through the Media Office of the late Senator, family members and associates described the statement as reckless saying linking the death of the lawmaker to their patriarch is uncalled for.

“We are mortals and everybody has his or her appointed time. For our father and brother, their time has come, we can’t query Almighty Allah. So it’s shocking to say the late Braimoh contracted Covid-19 from our dear father,” the statement said.

According to the statement from Osinowo’s Media Office, many family members and associates have closer contact with the late Senator in his last moments and have no symptoms of the disease.

“Allah is the Creator of every being on earth and He takes the life of His creations anytime He wishes to do so. It is His wish that Senator Osinowo should die on Monday, 15 June, 2020 and it is equally His wish that Hon Braimoh should die on Friday, 7 July, 2020. We cannot question Him,” the statement concluded

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OBITUARY: Late lawmaker, Tunde Buraimoh buried

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Remains of the late lawmaker who represented Kosofe state constituency 2, Tunde Buraimoh have been laid to rest at the Ikoyi cemetary.

Mr Buraimoh reportedly passed on at about 1am on Friday at the Covid-19 Isolation centre in Yaba area of the state.

His body was lowered into mother earth at exactly 2:38pm.

READ ALSO: Lawmaker Tunde Buraimoh is dead

READ ALSO: “Lie! Tunde Buraimoh didn’t contract Covid-19 from Pepperito”

Correspondent Joshua Timi was at the interment and brought back these pictures:

 

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