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‘We trust you and we will support you’ Lagos lawmakers assure Obasa

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Lawmakers in the lagos state house of assembly on monday 8th june passed a vote of confidence on the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa.

This followed the presentation of the report of a 9-man fact-finding adhoc committee of the house on allegations of corruption levelled against the speaker by Saharareporters headed by Hon. Victor Akande (Ojo constituency 1) during plenary. 

The committee was told to investigate the allegations of corruption levelled against the Speaker bothering on operating 64 bank accounts with different banks with different names.

It was also alleged that the Speaker unilaterally approved expenditure for programmes and activities in the house, and spent n258 million to print invitation cards for the inauguration of the 9th assembly.

SaharaReporters was also said to have alleged that the speaker received n80 million as estacode and that his wife was collecting n10 million from the house on a monthly basis.

There were also reports that the House purchased 11 Hiace buses for the house as well as 80 cars for the lawmakers within a year without following due process.

The committee, in its report stated that all the allegations were frivolous and that the speaker followed due process in all it’s purchases.
According to the committee, the allegations against Speaker Mudashiru Obasa were frivolous and unfounded.

The committee recommended that the clerk of the house should begin the process of investigating the leakage of some documents of the house to the press and bring the erring staffers to book.

It was also recommended that the activities of the house should be digitalised for proper record keeping and monitoring.

It was then suggested that vote of confidence should be passed on the speaker of the house.

Hon. Setonji David (Badagry 2) later moved a motion for the adoption of the recommendation of the committee and this was supported by Hon. Temitope Adewale (ifako Ijaiye 2).

The whole members then agreed with the recommendations based on a voice vote conducted by the Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanni Agunbiade, who acted as the Speaker during the sitting.

Earlier in his report, the Chairman of the 9-man Adhoc Committee, Hon. Victor Akande had surmarrised the findings of the  Committee.

Akande stated that the House was concerned about the damaging allegations against the Speaker by SaharaReporters and that the 9-man adhoc Committee was constituted by the House to investigate the allegations made against him.

Other members of the committee are Hon. Yinka Ogundimu (Agege 2), Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu (Eti Osa 2),  Hon. Lukmon Olumoh (Ajeromi Ifelodun 1)  and Hon. Ajani Owolabi (Lagos Mainland 1).

Others are Hon. Mojisola Alli-Macaulay (Amuwo Odofin 1), Hon. Rotimi Olowo (Shomolu 1) and Hon. Akeem Shokunle (Oshodi/Isolo 1).

The committee, Hon. Victor said, was mandated to invite SaharaReporters and others to prove their allegations against the Speaker.

“The committee started sitting on Thursday 4th June, 2020 and we also sat on Friday 5th June and Saturday 6th June. 

“SaharaReporters, Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA), Budgit, Concerned Nigerians, Independent Diaspora Nigerians Against Corruption, Mr. Bayo Oluwasanmi of SaharaReporters, and Mr. Babajide Otitoju were invited, but they did not honour the invitation.

He however, said that all the banks invited including Ecobank, Wema Bank, Polaris and Zenith Bank denied the allegations that the Speaker had multiple accounts with them with the same BVN and different names.

The lawmaker stated that the Committee found that the Speaker has only one account with Ecobank, which he opened in 2007, but that the account is dormant and that the BVN quoted for Ecobank was not correct.

“The Speaker did not have multiple accounts with Ecobank, the BVN ascribed to Wemabank does not belong to him and the companies attributed to him in Wema Bank is not correct.

“Out of the 14 accounts attributed to him for Zenith Bank, only six belong to him and only two are active. 

“The Companies ascribed to him in Zenith Bank does not belong to him. The Deputy Speaker did not attend any trip in Dubai as against the reports of SaharaReporters,” he said.

The Committee also stated that it found out that the purchase of vehicles for the lawmakers were ratified by the Fund Management Committee (FMC) of the House in both the 8th and 9th assemblies.

It was also revealed that the purchase of Toyota Prado and Land Cruiser cars for members were approved by the FMC and the Lagos State Public Procurement Agency (PPA).

“The purchase of operational vehicles for members of the 9th Assembly was approved by the FMC members. 

“The purchase of 36 Toyota Prado and 6 Land Cruisers were budgeted for and approved by the PPA. The allegations of spending N64 Million for social media influencers was not true.

“The USA trip was attended. Only eight Hiace Buses were purchased for committee works and staff buses. Contrary to the claim of N258 million spent for printing invitation cards for the inauguration for 9th assembly as only N61 million was spent for the event and N1.1 for invitation cards.

“The facility management company in the House does not belong to the Speaker. The alleged N10 million paid to the speaker wife is not true,” he said.

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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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