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Lawmaker insists there is no faceoff with Obasa

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Lagos State House of Assembly member representing Lagos Mainland Constituency 2, Hon. Moshood Oshun has declared that there was no issues between him and the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa.
Oshun, who was reacting to a report that he walked out on the Speaker few weeks back, said that nothing could have warranted him to walk out on the Speaker during plenary.
“I can tell you that there is no personal issue between the Speaker and myself, he is my leader, he is the Speaker of the House, and I was the one that actually nominated him.
“So, what issue are you talking about, we are one. There is no personal issue between the Speaker and myself,” he said.
Oshun stressed that he did not walk out on the Speaker, and that what happened was that he had earlier gone to the Speaker and  explained some things to him about, where he was sitting.
“When I got to the chamber, the Speaker told me to leave the seat, where I relocated to and I was surprised.
“So, on the following Monday, I spoke on the floor and explained to members, my constituents and Nigerians generally that I had actually told the Speaker that he should let me sit somewhere else because of the Pandemic.
“I tried to clear that at the plenary. We should all know that all the seats in that chamber are the same. One is not more comfortable than the others. I only asked the Speaker to let me sit somewhere else because of the Pandemic,” he said.
The lawmaker, who was also quoted to have said that a lawmaker in the Assembly, who died penultimate week, Hon. Tunde Braimoh died of COVID-19, denied ever saying such to any reporter.
He revealed that he didn’t know anything about the death of Braimoh, who represented Kosofe Constituency 2 in tje House, and that he usually tells everybody in his constituency to be careful about Coronavirus.
While speaking against fake news and its perpetrators, Oshun urged journalists to play their parts well, and investigate any story they are told to avoid any issue.
“If anybody says that one has done anything, try and investigate, you can come to me or call me on the phone.
“The report said that I spoke with a journalist after I left the chamber whereas I did not speak with anybody. The person was being malicious. If we say anything on the floor and you are not clear, you can go back to the recording and get what happened,” he said.
The lawmaker, however advised members of the House that they should be accountable for whatever they do, and that it is easy to malign somebody.
He added that it is easy to spoil somebody’s reputation with one line, but that it is not easy to amend that damage.
“Many people would have seen this and you can imagine what the family of the late lawmaker would be going through. I don’t think it is fair on them, it is not fair on the children, and it is not fair even on us as his colleagues. I am not a medical doctor, I did not see his death certificate, so how would I say he died of a particular disease.
“I don’t know why I am a victim of fake news. I come here to do my job to the best of my ability.
“I don’t think any journalist would say I have shunned him unless you want me to talk about something and I don’t know anything about it, I would tell you I cannot talk about it. I don’t talk about anything I don’t have any information about,” he 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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‘We are not planning any impeachment against Obasa’ -LAWMAKERS

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Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday passed a vote of confidence on Speaker Mudashiru Obasa, emphasising that they were not plannning to impeach the speaker, as insinuated in some quarters.
The Lawmakers said the speaker had demonstrated exemplary leadership so far so good, and as such, vowed to keep supporting him.
Recall that Obasa had been in the eye of the storm following ongoing investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) into his financial dealings in the house.
While some of his accounts had been frozen courtesy of the order of Federal High Court in Lagos, the speaker was interrogated last week by operatives of the anti-graft body in Lagos. He was subsequently released on administrative bail.

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“I was never detained by the EFCC” -Obasa, Lagos Assembly Speaker

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By Adesina Ogunyemi

Claims by some news media that the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, was detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), may not be true as the latter has since returned home.

Obasa, chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures in Nigeria, appeared before the EFCC on Thursday, October 8 as the agency continued with the investigation of some allegations against his office.

Obasa was at the EFCC office in honour of an invitation sent him by the agency.

“As a good citizen of Nigeria, a public officer and lawmaker, it was just justified that I honour an invitation by an agency trying to find out some answers relating to some questions.

“It is normal for the EFCC to invite whoever it deems should be invited. Honoring the invitation simply shows patriotism,” Obasa said in a statement released by his media office.

The Speaker added that he had returned home and was never detained by the EFCC as was already being speculated.

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