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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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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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