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LAGOS EAST SENATORIAL POLL: APC prunes likely contenders to three; “Joko Pelumi may get the nod” -Source

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Indications have emerged that the Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) may have pruned down the number of likely successors to the seat of Lagos East Senatorial District representative at the upper chamber of the national assembly, to just three.

According to an insider, those who have indicated interest in contesting the bye election on the platform of the APC were more than six initially but the council has been advised to prune the number down to a manageable size, from which a flagbearer could be picked or at least, to a number that a primary election may be reasonably conducted.

“As many as six of them had quietly been making consultations within the party to secure the needed support before going public with their aspiration, but leadership of the party has decided to activate an internal machinery which could reduce the number to what is sensible.” The source who pleaded anonymity said.

According to the insider, the three remaining contenders are big wigs in their own right and are all qualified to represent Lagos East at the Senate.

He clarified: “They are all qualified but former speaker, Joko Pelumi stands a better chance of flying the flag. He appears to be most urbane out of the lot, -very educated and exposed being a lawyer of many years standing. His loyalty to the party and its leaders is also not in doubt and if you consider his wide acceptability among the traditional leaders in the district, you will agree that Joko Pelumi is as good as getting the flag”

The seat became vacant after the death of senator Bayo Oshinowo on 15 June 2020. Although he was said to have died as a result of complications arising from Covid-19, there is yet to be any official confirmation as to the cause of his death.

For Pelumi, he served as speaker of the Lagos state house of assembly and thereafter returned to private practice as a lawyer

Already the APC has published guidelines for the bye election which the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is yet to announce a date for.

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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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