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N17millon Monthly expenditure On Obasa’s Guest House: Lagos assembly faults SaharaReporters

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The Lagos State House of Assembly at plenary today debunked the media report alleging the Speaker, Rt (Hon) Mudashiru Obasa of spending N17million monthly on maintenance of his residence and guest house, describing the allegation as unfounded and misleading.

The Clerk of the House, Mr Azeez Sanni, who called the attention of the lawmakers to the report published online by SaharaReporters on April 26, explained that the report was erroneous. 

Sanni hinted that the amount stated cover a lot more, ” the sum covers various expenditure of the full offices; the Office of the Chief of Staff, Special Advisers ( Budget , Political Matters), office of the Chief Press Secretary, Special Assistant (Protocol), Special Assistant ( Research and Development), Special Assistant (Women Affairs), and 15 Special Assistants engaged to give relevant advice with respect to their area of speciality and fields of expertise for smooth operation of the legislature.

“I must also state that this expenditures have been in existence prior the emergence of Speaker Obasa . In fact it dated back as far as 2012 when it was N27million monthly and I have the document here to show that .

He added that the report by SaharaReporters was a deliberate attempt to tarnish the image of the House of Assembly.

The media outfit, in his view is all out to tarnish the image of the house,he notes that information if sourced through the right channel would have clarified the matter, capturing the whole rather than a bit and piece, which is misleading and disparaging. 

” On the allegation that the company was registered in 2015, how come the company in question was just engaged in 2018? “, said the Clerk.

The Chairman House Committee on Information, Security and Strategy, Hon. Tunde Braimoh, faulted the medium for not reaching out to House to get their own side of the story and ensure a balanced reportage, as the report is malicious and should be totally ignored.

Braimoh who said the medium is known to be writing unbalanced reports lately, said that had it been the medium reach out to the House before rushing to publish their report, they could have been better guided .

” A responsible journalist could have reach out to me as Chairman of the House Information Committee before publishing what is not”, If Sahara Reporters have asked a question this will have been well cleared, we should ignore all this shenanigan and dismiss it in its entirety. 

That report is half baked,suppressed,abridged and deliberately calculated not to capture all its intendments but just to have a kind of sensational view,the truth of the matter is there are a lot of expenditures attached to that particular vote head.

The line of the expenditure itself is not new in the annals of the Lagos House of Assembly it’s been like that even before this present Speaker took over,ten years before his dispensation in office the expenditure has been there and it was even more,it was N27m .

The reporter just gave two page fact and that is why we insist,not because anybody is hiding anything from anybody, but to get any document from any organisation it must be certified as true.

Hon.Rotimi Olowo representing Somolu Constituency 1 and also Chairs the House Committee On Finance, took a swipe on said medium citing the unprofessional and less ethical  style of journalism exhibited, noting that the media outfit was known for tarnishing brand image and inciting the public by deliberately publishing misleading reports.

Olowo added ” I believe if it is truly investigative journalism that the medium is practising, it should be able to get the other side of the issue before they can rush to publish lies. The medium is known to publish lies as they published recently that former House of Representatives Speaker Ghali Umar Na’aba was late. 
“This one is one that you can really see that the medium was telling lies because we have procurement law and there are procedures stated by the law . If a contractor makes an overture to the House for contract bidding, it is not just what he came with but what the house eventually agree . I remember in 2012,  I was a member of this house and I remember the amount that was budgeted was N27m but when Obasa emerged as Speaker he reduced it to N17million” 

I think SaharaReporters needs to be cautioned as it has shown that whatever that is given to them is published without crosschecking. Mr Speaker, this House has the power to sue because the lies by this medium is getting to much”, said Olowo.

Also, Hon. Temitope Adewale ( Ifako Ijaiye 2), who corroborated Olowo, stated that the publisher was one lost his presidential bid in time past and was alleged to mismanaged his party’s campaign fund.

” The same man was the party presidential  candidate and at the same time the party national chairman. 

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Lagosians host Tinubu as he promises massive youth development

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The Lagos city that hosted the first All Progressives Congress (APC) convention after the party was formed in 2014 – became a beehive of political carnival on Saturday. 

A mammoth crowd thronged the main bowl of the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere, as the ruling party returned to the city for its inaugural 2023 presidential rally in the Southwest region.

Clad in various shades of APC-branded vests, caps and Ankara brocade, a mass of the party’s supporters, who filled the 24,000-capacity stadium to the brim, defied the searing heat from the sun to receive the APC presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, his running mate, Sen. Kashim Shettima, members of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) and the Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) team. 

At 12:45, Tinubu’s motorcade made a grand entry into the venue, moving the crowd into a spontaneous excitement. The APC presidential candidate arrived in company of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Minister for Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, and members of Progressive Governors’ Forum led by their chairman, Gov. Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State.

The huge turnout at the rally again confirmed Tinubu’s popularity at his political base. The APC presidential candidate hails from Lagos and was a two-term Governor of the State.

Sanwo-Olu opened the floor with his short remarks, thanking Tinubu for laying the foundation for the physical and socio-economic growth being witnessed in Lagos since 1999.

The Governor, who described the APC presidential standard bearer as “architect of modern Lagos”, said Tinubu’s vision, character and tenacity stood him out among presidential contenders, urging Lagosians to elect the candidate with unprecedented number of votes at the polls.

Sanwo-Olu said: “Tinubu is the builder of the modern Lagos we are all enjoying today. For implementing his vision through character and tenacity, and pushing his ideas to what we can physically see, our candidate is the best choice for the president.

“Aside being a visionary leader, Tinubu has also been an advocate of unity and a figure who has stood firm in support of national cohesion. We are all witnesses to all outstanding achievements to his name. His reputation stands tall among his peers And he is the right man for the job.”

Tinubu took to the podium to share message of “Renewed Hope” with the mass of young people at the rally. He said his administration’s priorities would focus on improving human capital development and harnessing energy of the youth through job creation to accelerate economic growth. 

His capacity to lead the country, the APC presidential candidate said is not in doubt, noting that Lagos’ growth trajectory from a State in deficit to one of the six largest economies in Africa best demonstrated his ability to drive the needed change to put the country on the path of prosperity. 

When elected, Tinubu said he would do his best to change the country’s fortunes, but noted the task would not be easy at the start. 

He said: “I stand before you all with a solemn promise that when we are elected next year, we will continue and build on the progressive path laid forth by our party since 2015. We have clear agenda for the future of the country and with your support, we will work to achieve a better future for you and your family.

“Nobody will be forgotten when we roll out our development plans. We have great plans for our youths in education and employment. You will not be forgotten. Economic growth is one of our biggest priorities. We will do our best to solve the contemporary challenges facing us, but it will not be easy at the start.”

Tinubu, again, took a swipe at Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, calling on the electorate to use their votes to retire him finally. The APC presidential candidate said PDP spent 15 years of excuses and forgot the mandate given them to better the lives of Nigerian in the era of boom. 

Under the PDP, Tinubu said major infrastructure projects were left to rot with no plan for their rehabilitation, including Lagos-Badagry Highway.

“Rejecting Atiku with your votes and retiring him will be the final step to take in burying PDP for life,” Tinubu said.

The APC National Leader passed a vote of confidence on Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, saying the Governor had become symbol of good governance.

Tinubu said PDP would repeat another outing of failure in Lagos gubernatorial election, stressing that the opposition party did not have enough strength to stop Sanwo-Olu’s re-election 

PCC Director-General and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, described Tinubu as a “consummate manager of people and resources” with capacity to change difficult situation. 

Lalong said Tinubu’s greatest success as former Lagos governor was his ability to groom brilliant successors that expanded his ideas to the next level. 

Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, said Tinubu’s winning the party presidential ticket took him out as the most investigated politician the Fourth Republic.

Despite series of wild allegations being bandied against Tinubu, the Speaker said none had been proven to be true. The APC presidential candidate, Gbajabiamila said, would win the election with convincing margins.

He said: “This is not the main rally for Lagos. We are energising the base with this large turnout witnessed here today. When the main campaign is held, it will be the double of the crowd we see here today.”

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APC set for mass rally in Lagos

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All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos state, has expressed its readiness to hold campaign rally for its presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu on Saturday.

The party made this known on Wednesday at a press conference held in Ikeja, Lagos.

Addressing journalists, the Director General of the State Campaign Council, Senator Ganiyu Solomon, discllsed that the rally would be held at the Teslim Balogun stadium.

Solomon said that the rally would be homecoming for Tinubu, adding “The rally holds a promise for mass attendance by members of our great party and members of the general public because of the popularity of our Presidential Candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who has remained the most consistent, the biggest contributor and the most visible democratic icon since the advent of this dispensation in 1999″.

He added  “You may wish to recall that Asiwaju Tinubu excelled as a Senator of the Federal Republic representing Lagos – West Senatorial District, and as the Governor of Lagos State between 1999 and 2007. Therefore, the event is like a homecoming for our leader and mentor who has become a national pride.

” As a responsible political party, it is imperative to seek the cooperation of members of the general public as regards the need for temporary diversion of traffic and mass movement of supporters within the vicinity of the rally

” We need to reassure you that the Nigerian Police Force, LASTMA, and other law enforcement agencies will be fully mobilized to ensure an event devoid of the security infractions and traffic disruptions.

” It is also important to enjoin all participants to be of good conduct and display our characteristics peaceful conduct at our party.”

On security measures regarding the rally, the state party chairman, Pastor Cornelius Ojelabi, said that the party would put in place measures for adequate security for all attendees.

“On the issue of security, we will try to make the venue very conducive for all. The question of number being anticipated is very simple. This is a homecoming for our national leader. This is also the first time Lagos state will be presenting a presidential candidate who has become a household name not only in Lagos state but in Nigeria.

”  We are not ruling out a huge number of attendees. We can assure you there will be a massive turnout and adequate security for all attendees. You just come and see the love the people of the state will show to Asiwaju Tinubu.

” Lagosians want to hear from the presidential candidate of the party. We have made adequate arrangement for everybody that will be at the rally”, said Ojelabi.

Also, the State Publicity of the Lagos APC, Mr Seye Oladejo, said that the police, LASTMA and other security agencies would be mobilised to ensure the rally was devoid of all infractions.

Oladejo said “There will be formal accreditation for journalists. We believe we should have an orderly event. The accreditation will be held tomorrow. We have learnt from previous campaigns we have held and we are paying attention to the wellbeing of all attendees.”

The National youth leader of the party, Dayo Israel said, “The national chairman of the party, Abdullahi Adamu and other chieftains of the party will be in attendance.

“In Lagos on Saturday we have a duty to turn up for Asiwaju Tinubu. A victory for Tinubu is a victory for Lagos. We can show the world that Lagos is for Asiwaju a hundred per cent

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PDP assembly candidate, Giwa promises purposeful representation

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) House of Assembly candidate for Ifako-Ijaiye constituency 2 Chief Dr.Adeshola Giwa in the 2023 general election has vowed to bring about quality representation, describing previous representatives as mere placeholder.

Giwa made this disclosure in a chat with newsmen ahead of the commencement of his campaigns,he maintained that the ruling party’s style of governance have not been a purposeful one.

He also cited the dearth of state government developmental impact in the constituency which prides itself as the tenth largest council area in Lagos State with a population well over 500,000 residents.

The PDP candidate-Chief Giwa popularly known as SG Omo Adugbo,who boast of having lived over 30 years in the locality highlighted the abject neglect suffered by the constituency and constituents thus far, on account of representatives who really care less about the people welfare.

“Ifako-Ijaiye local government is the tenth largest in Lagos state and also the highest producer of protein as well as the major source of water supply in the state,yet nothing good to show.

“We need good representation, not one that will only be handed the seat for pecuniary gains alone.Ifako-Ijaiye has been neglected for far too long,all the bridges around fall within Agege-Alimosho axis and the other in Agege.

“Our people need to know, we are suffering and really need a break, we are located on the fringe of the state which ought to translate to better development as link points into the state.

“Instead all we got is deplorable roads, no bridge in the heart of the constituency, no electricity, no potable water all this must change.

“Imagine Ifako-Ijaiye constituency II only has two secondary school complex this is a far cry from what is needed.

“We promise true representation with deep sincerity rather than a government void of purpose like the one in power now. Technology will be profusely used to give better access to our constituents once we get there across the constituency,” Giwa said.

Also commenting on the personality of the PDP’s presidential candidate Alhaji Atiku Abubarka the Waziri Adamawa, Giwa took a swipe on the ruling party for the show of lack of purposeful governance.

He noted that if Atiku emerges President major problems confronting Nigeria will be surmounted within the shortest possible time, as he who was the brain behind privatisation during the era of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, with the reins of power in his hands he will do the needful and reposition Nigeria for good.

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