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“Obasa never operated multiple accounts” -Bank Officials

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Officials of Ecobank, Wema Bank and Polaris have absolved the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa of allegation of operating multiple bank accounts in the banks.

Some representatives of the banks spoke before the 9-man House Adhoc Committee on fact finding and investigation on the corruption allegations against Speaker Mudashiru Obasa being circulated on the social media on Friday.

The bank officials stated that it was not possible for an individual to operate multiple accounts with one Bank Verification Number (BVN).

The Committee is headed by Hon. Victor Akande (Ojo Constituency 1).
Present during the meeting were Hon. Rotimi OlowoHon. Yinka Ogundimu, Hon. Lukmon Olumoh and Hon. Mojisola Alli-Macaulay.

A Business Development Officer with Wema Bank, Mr. Adekunle Adeleke said that the BVN server did not reserve with any bank, and that it is with the CBN. 

“SaharaReporters stated the account number and other details in their reports, but they didn’t state the BVN. What SaharaReporters wrote is not BVN. There are a lot of errors in their report.

“The BVN and the accounts stated in the story are not correct and they don’t belong to the Speaker of the Assembly.

“It is not possible for a BVN to have two dates of births. If they do so, it would be rejected in another bank, they would have to swear to an affidavit so that it would be the same.

“If it should be changed, it would be backed up by marriage certificate or sworn affidavit,” he stated.

Adeleke stressed that the companies stated by SaharaReporters in their reports had no linkage with Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa. 

He added that the name, signature and other details in the story has no relationship with Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa. 

“You can write Wema Bank to confirm if the accounts mentioned by SaharaReporters had any relationship with the Speaker.

“The computer system in the bank has a digital footprint that would show any visit to any account. It will show imprint of anyone that checks the account. You can request the details of all the checks, but we will need written request from the owner of the account.

“BVN is a different server, it does not belong to any bank. You cannot punch BVN and get any financial details. It is only the regulator or the anti-corrupion agency that can do so through the CBN,” he said. 

Polaris Bank was represented by Mr. Charles Osho and Mr. Rotimi Omotayo, Chief Internal Auditor of the bank.

Mr. Omotayo said that only three of the 64 accounts credited to the Speaker by SaharaReporters were with Polaris Bank.

He revealed that two of the accounts belong to one Mr. Adebayo Adeyemi David, while one belongs to Mr. Ajayi Mudashiru Obasa. 

“Mr. Adebayo Adeyemi David is different from Mr. Ajayi Mudashiru Obasa and there is no linkage between the two personalities. 

“Rt. Hon. Ajayi Mudashiru Obasa has one account with our bank and the BVN quoted for Obasa is correct. The other person has a separate BVN for the two accounts.

“It is not possible to check someone’s account without authorisation. There is what we call system log. Whoever accesses an account is logged on the system and we can see whoever does that. 

“We know those who access any account at any point in time. We can avail you of the information if you require it,” he said. 

General Manager of the Lagos State Public Procurement Agency (PPA), Mr. Onafowote Fatai Idowu, who was also invited by the Committee, revealed that the 40 Toyota Corolla back-up cars bought for the 8th Assembly were with the notice of his office and that the purchase followed the due process. 

He said that Certificate of Compliance was issued for the procurement of the vehicles on 30th April, 2019.

“We were communicated and we responded for the process to continue and we approved the purchase of the vehicles. 

“The purchase of the vehicles was approved by the Management Committee of the House, led by the Speaker Mudashiru Obasa and the relevant documents were provided.

“Members of the Committee were Hon. Wahab Olumuyiwa Jimoh, Hon. Rotimi Olowo, Hon. Dayo Saka-Fafunmi, and Hon. Setonji David. The purchase was budgeted for and It is in tandem with the appropriate Procurement Law,” he said. 

The committee subsequently adjourned sitting to Saturday 6th June, 2020 at 10am.

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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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