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OBASA: Group faults Sahara Reporters

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A group led by Journalist and publisher of CityPulse magazine, Ayo Mojoyin has condemned what it described as continued attack on the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt.Hon. Mudashiru Obasa by online medium, SaharaReporters.

In a a release made available to Journalists, the group said the newspaper has made a mess of universal ethics of Journalism.

Part of the statement reads “Our attention has been drawn to another set of fake reports carried out again by Sahara Reporters belonging to Omoyele Sowore, the infamous blackmailer, who through his unfounded stories and allegations has violated all ethics and dictates of news media.

“Sowore, an indigene of Ondo state, southwest Nigeria whose latest series of deliberate falsehoods is coming days after we came out with proof that the medium LIED in its claim that the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, spends N17 million to maintain his office and personal apartment.

“Let us start with its latest disparaging story about how the Speaker supposedly approved N258,835,000 to print invitation two months after the inauguration of the 9th Assembly.

According to the group, the writer of the piece “was not in his right frame of mind as he put his pen to paper.”

It claims “what was approved for the printing of the invitation card for event was just N1,130,000. But how Sahara Reporters arrived at N258,835,000 beats the imagination of any sane person.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the entire inauguration of the 9th Assembly can be summed into a total of N61.3 million as the document accompanying this response shows. A breakdown of the expenses is also glaring for every discerning mind to see that Sahara Reporters is nothing but a tool for blackmail.

“In another spurious report, the medium contemptuously claimed that the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, gave approval of N45.7 million for a 2019 Christmas party that never held.

“In its rush to satisfy its co-travellers who furnished it with the lies, the traducing medium ‘shot itself in the foot’ by failing to carry out the minutest of investigations – did the party actually hold?

“One would naturally have disregarded this particular report. However, it is just necessary to school Sahara Reporters that the medium is only dragging itself to disrepute with the fakes it vomits of people without adequate proofs.

The group also clarified some of the issues raised by Sahara Reporters, with a view to correcting such.

“For the avoidance of doubts, here are a few things Sahara Reporters should know and report back to those sending it on a wild goose chase:

  1. The party held at the Assembly premises of the Lagos State Assembly and it was two-in-one, a combination of the Outreach programme and the normal Christmas party.
  2. The First Lady of Lagos, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu was at the event.
  3. As usual, there were clergymen at the event where a sermon was preached by notable man of God and General Overseer of Christ Living Apostolic Ministry (CLAM), Pastor Wole Oladiyun.
  4. His Royal Highness, Babatunde Ogunlaja, senior female politician, Chief Kemi Nelson, party chiefs and local government chairmen were there.
  5. It is worthy of note that the children also held their party, which is the norm, at a different part of the Assembly premises on the same day.
  6. There are photographs and videos evidences to back up this explanation and pooh-pooh the hatchet job reeking of mischief carried out by Sahara Reporters.

“On the claimed N53.7 million approved by the Speaker to take an imaginary mistress to the United States, Sahara Reporters again goofed because it failed to acknowledge that the travel was officially for Speaker Obasa, members of the House and some staff.

  1. The event was even an opportunity to recognise and honour deserving staff who had excelled in the course of their careers.

“Again, here are the facts Sahara Reporters either deliberately and maliciously shielded or was blind to:

  1. The event was to Georgia, United States, for the 2019 US-Nigeria Trade and Investment Global Summit which was billed to hold between 26th and 28th September 2019. As is customary, the Speaker went for the event on a different flight from the lawmakers and others.
  2. However, on getting to the US, the summit was discovered to have clashed with a United Nations event which took pre-eminence on Nigerian officials. Thus, the Speaker, lawmakers and staff returned ahead of an anticipated new date for the event.
  3. All those who attended the event still have evidences of their flight tickets and hotel reservations.
    For the avoidance of doubt again, those who went for the event include:
  4. Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa
  5. Hon. Jimi Mohammed
  6. Hon. Saka Nurudeen Solaja
  7. Hon. Tunde Braimoh
  8. Folashade Latona
  9. Nike Ajibosin being in charge of protocol.

“With the facts now laid bare again, one would wonder why Sahara Reporters remain bent on further soiling its drowning image in the eyes of reasonable Nigerians. It is also obvious that its co-travellers are do not just aim at Speaker Obasa, a lawmaker per-excellence, but are also, subconsciously, bringing down whatever remains of Sahara Reporter as a tool for blackmail.

“It is glaring beyond reasonable doubt that the primary goal is to churn out anything and everything damaging irrespective of whether they are true or not as long as the Speaker’s soaring political political profile is dented ahead of 2023. It is no longer news that Obasa has become a household name in major parts of Lagos, nay Nigeria, and this is sending strong shivers down the spine of the enemies. There is not just palpable fear, but sleepless nights, which is just starting.

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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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