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Lagos Assembly agrees to stop Ambode’s Probe

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The Lagos State House of Assembly on Wednesday agreed to halt proceedings in the probe of former Governor of the State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, over procurement of 820 buses for public transportation.

Ambode had instituted a suit against the Assembly, the Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa and others, to contest the constitutionality of the probe, accusing them of bias and misrepresentation of facts.

When the matter came up in court on Wednesday morning, Ambode’s lawyer, Mr. Tayo Oyetibo (SAN), informed the court of his pending application for interlocutory injunction, saying that same had been served on the defendants.

In response, a team of lawyers of the defendants led by Mrs. Adenike Oshinowo and included Mrs. Adegbite and Ms. Olayemi Johnson confirmed service of the application, but pleaded for time since the processes were served at about 6pm on Tuesday.

They specifically requested for two weeks to respond but the date they suggested was not convenient for the court.

Responding, Oyetibo did not object to the application of the defendants for adjournment but urged the Court to direct parties to maintain status quo. In her response, the presiding Judge, Justice Yetunde Adesanya, said “it goes without saying” and called on Mrs. Osinowo for her response who also agreed that status quo would be maintained by the Defendants.

The court then adjourned the matter to November 20 2019 for the hearing of the motion on Notice for interlocutory injunction.

With the ruling, the former Governor cannot be summoned to appear again before the House probe panel as both parties have agreed to maintain status quo till the new hearing date.

According to his statement of claim before the court, Ambode had said contrary to deliberate misrepresentation of facts by the lawmakers, the procurement of the 820 buses was well captured in the 2018 Appropriation Law which was duly approved by the House.

“In section 1 of the Bill, the 1st Defendant (House of Assembly) authorized  the total Budget for the year 2018 to be One Trillion, Forty Six Billion, One Hundred and Twenty One Million, One Hundred and Eighty-One Thousand, Six Hundred and Eighty Naira (N1,046,121,181,680.00) comprising the sum of Three Hundred and Forty Seven Billion, Thirty-Eighty Million, Nine Hundred and Thirty-Eight Thousand, Eight-Hundred and Seventy-Two Naira (N347,038,938,872.00) only and Six Hundred and Ninety-Nine Billion, Eighty-Two Million, Two Hundred and Forty-Two Thousand, Eight Hundred and Eighty Naira (N699,082,242,808.00) only as the Recurrent and Capital Expenditures respectively.

“Part of the items authorized by the Bill under Capital Expenditure was: “LAGBUS Public Transport Infrastructure (MEPB); Part financing of 820 buses” which was item 8 under schedule 1- Part C of the Bill,” the former Governor averred.

He added that having prescribed the manner of withdrawal of funds in sections 3 and 4 of the 2018 Appropriation Law, it was unconstitutional for the House to attach another condition in section 9 of the law for further approval to be sought before incurring any expenditure on the purchase of the buses.  

Highlighting the specific breach of his constitutional rights to fair hearing by the House, the former Governor said on August 27, 2019 during proceedings of the Assembly, some lawmakers thoroughly vilified and disparaged him as having purchased the buses without budgetary approval and that the procurement was a waste of public funds, while at the end of the proceedings, the House resolved to constitute an Ad Hoc Committee to probe the procurement.

He said it was surprising that the very lawmakers who contributed actively in vilifying, disparaging and denigrating him constituted the bulk of the members of the Committee, which was a clear derogation of his right to fair hearing.

Ambode added that in continuation of deliberate misrepresentation of facts of the issue, the House falsely claimed that an invitation had been extended to him to appear before the Committee but that he failed to honour the said invitation.

“The Claimant states that no letter of invitation was delivered to him before the 4th and 5th Defendants made the false allegation against the Claimant which was widely reported by various national Newspapers in the country.”

He added that the House Committee and indeed the entire members of the House had already adjudged him as having committed wastage of public fund by the procurement of the buses in question and had also already determined that the procurement was done by him as opposed to the State Government.

He said it was obvious that the lawmakers were totally biased against him having regard to their pronouncements on the floor of the House by reason of which he believes that his right to fair hearing as guaranteed by the Constitution had been seriously compromised by the defendants.   

He is, therefore, seeking among others, the court’s declaration that the power of the House to pass a resolution under section 128(1) of the Constitution to cause an inquiry into his conduct as Governor is subject to right to fair hearing as guaranteed by section 36(1) of the Constitution.

He also wants a declaration that the Resolution of the House setting up a 9-Man Committee comprising of the 4th-12th Defendants to investigate all transactions in respect of the 820 Buses said by the defendants to have been procured by him derogates from his right as guaranteed by section 36(1) of the Constitution and therefore is unconstitutional, null and void.

He is therefore, among others seeking:

“An injunction restraining the Defendants whether by themselves, their servants, agents and or representatives from compelling the Claimant, in any manner whatsoever, to appear before the Defendants pursuant to the Resolution passed by the Defendants on 27th August 2019 or any other Resolution passed in respect of the subject matter of this Suit.

“An injunction restraining the Defendants whether by themselves, their servants, agents and or representatives from representing or continue to represent to the Public that the Claimant, AKINWUNMI AMBODE, procured 820 buses in breach of budgetary approval.”

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Kosofe HoR aspirant, Abbey Cheche assures youths of job opportunities if elected

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An aspirant contesting for a seat at the house of Representatives to represent Kosofe constituency, Eng. Abiodun Owokoya (a.k.a Abbey Cheche) as officially declared to vie for the slot during the 2023 general elections.

Engr. Abiodun said he wants to be the voice for the youths, he said the youths are energetic, educated and experienced, they know what they wants. He have the capacity and all that it takes to govern and represent the youths in the green chamber.

He said, he plans to take the jobless youths off the streets, according to him, he will create 15, 000 jobs through the help of his affiliations.

In his speech, he said ” I will train the youth to be more intense, knowledgeable when it comes to technology as an engineer that I am, I have put things together to do that”. He said his focus is going to be on the youth.
He called on the leaders to support the youth and give them chance to also participate in politics and win political post.

He advised the electorate to get their PVC and also the delegates not to sell their votes.

Com. Balogun Olanrewaju, a former SUG president at Lagos State polytechnic said the youths have gathered for a new destiny, a new life, they are tired of repetition of failure, he said they want a representative who is young and approachable that will remember the youth.

Also, Comrade Adewunmi Tobi Funsho, Director Planning and Strategy Abbey Cheche movement, described the aspirant as a vibrant youth and ready to serve his people, who is approachable that will make the people of Kosofe enjoy the dividends of democracy.

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Jandor vows to take over Lagos state as he declares for governorship

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The lead converner of the Lagos 4 Lagos movement, Dr. Olajide Adediran also known as Jandor has vow to take over the governorship sit from the present adminstration come 2023.

Dr. Olajide who defected from APC to the People’s Democratic Party said this during his official declaration on the 24th of March, 2022.

The event was witnessed by his loyalist, supporters, friends and party leaders who were all gathered to show their support and encouragement.

Jandor who in his speech said he has come to rescue Lagos State from the hands of dictators. Lagos must be led and ruled by Lagosians. He said Lagos is a wealthy state, “If we have leaders that are compassionate with emotional intelligence, there is no how the resources of the state will not work for the state .

He noted that “there are rumors from mischief makers that I and my people that defected to PDP enmase are bent on hijacking the party. It’s all false and plot to disunite the party.

He said they are in the party to rescue the people from the bondage of APC. “We are not selfish or self centered people, we aren’t taking over all the positions in the state”. “If I emerge as the party candidate to contest as the governor, I won’t produce Deputy governor, there are over 20 ministries in the state and other sectors of the state.

There is need for unity in the party for us to achieve our goals. We shouldn’t allow mischief makers to sow the seed of discord among us. “I will not disappoint the party and it’s stakeholders. We shouldn’t work against one and another. What we should focus on is winning the elections come 2023.

Talking about his plans for the state, he assured Lagosians that his administration would change the narrative of the state educational sector, health, infrastructural development, traffic control, security among others. He promised free education for primary school pupils with free uniforms for them.

He said his administration will create ministry of disability to care for the disables.

One of the party stakeholder who spoke at the event, Alhaji Mumuni Gambari, representing the Arewa community described the declaration of Jandor as the “coming out of the sun”, adding that the group is solidly behind him.
The representative of the Igbo community Dr. Jonathan Nnaji expressed confidence that Jandor would will the 2023 Lagos governorship polls, saying Igbos in the state
were committed to the cause and would give their support for the realization of the vision.

Another stakeholder said this declaration is the beginning of the best thing to happen to the state”.

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PROF SAMUEL: Obasa mourns APC leader, describes him as a Titan

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The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has described Professor Tunde Samuel, a member of the Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC), as a titan whose positive roles in Lagos cannot be forgotten in a hurry.

Professor Samuel, a chieftain and founding member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), died on Wednesday night at the age of 73.

Prof. Samuel is reckoned as one of the founding fathers of the Lagos State University (LASU) where he was both a member of the Implementation Committee and two-time member of the Provisional Government Council.

Dr. Obasa, who paid a visit to the home of the deceased on Thursday, said: “Prof. Samuel’s demise is a blow, a pain that would take long for us to bear both as people of Agege, the APC as a family, the GAC and the entire Lagos State.

“His importance to Lagos State can never be under-emphasised. He was a passionate Lagosian whose thoughts, actions and activities were all geared towards strengthening democracy in Nigeria and the creation of an egalitarian state where individuals would live their lives in peace.

“As an academic, he helped Lagos to establish a firm foundation for educational growth and progress with his imprint in our own Lagos State University, the Michael Otedola College of Primary Education (MOCPED), Noforija, Epe, where he was Pioneer Provost and as Special Adviser on Education to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, when the latter was Governor of Lagos State.

“It is worthy to note that his activities in government brought Lagos many laurels and further helped to put the State in a favourable position in the country.”

A retired Professor of Political Economics of Education, he was a former Chairman of the Governing Council of Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Otto-Ijanikin.

“Like a star with brightness that cannot be dimmed, Prof. Samuel’s success extended beyond the boundaries of Lagos as he served as Chairman of the Governing Councils for the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti and the Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa, respectively. He was also an International Consultant for UNESCO and UNICEF.

“We will continue to miss his wisdom, knowledge and understanding of how Lagos and Nigeria should be run for the utmost good of the people. We will miss his advice and productive efforts to keep a united APC in Lagos.

“I, on behalf of my colleagues at the Lagos State House of Assembly, pray that God grant him peace and give his immediate family, friends and associates the fortitude to bear this huge loss, amen,” Obasa prayed in a statement released by his media office.

Eromosele Ebhomele
Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly.

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