Obasa, Lagos Speaker, queried by panel on allegations of financial impropriety

Obasa, Lagos Speaker, queried by panel on allegations of financial impropriety

Mr Mudashiru Obasa, Speaker, Lagos House of Assembly; on Saturday appeared before a state assembly panel of inquiry on the corruption allegations leveled against him by an online medium.

Obasa told the panel that the allegations were untrue and that it was the handiwork of his enemies.

The speaker appeared before the nine-man fact-finding panel of the house; headed by Mr Victor Akande (Ojo Constituency I) at the House chamber.

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It was reported on May 23 that at least 64 bank accounts had been discovered. Further, the accounts were linked to the Bank Verification Number of the speaker.

Furthermore, it was alleged that the accounts registered with various names are being used to siphon public funds; among many other allegations against Obasa.

Responding to questions from members of the Committee; Obasa said that all the allegations made by the online medium in the reports were unfounded.

The speaker explained that the vehicles bought for the members of the House; as well as other expenses made by the House were done with the approval of the House. Also, he noted that the expenditure was approved by the Fund Management Committee (FMU) of the House headed by him.

“We bought land cruisers for Principal Officers of the House. The cars we bought for them are always higher than those of other members and we followed the due process in the purchase.

“We went through the Public Procurement Agency (PPA) and others and the vehicles were distributed appropriately.

“It was agreed at the parliamentary meetings on about four occasions and the Clerk of the House, Mr Azeez Sanni, is the Secretary.

“Also, it is not true that my wife collects N10 million monthly from the House. Anyone who says she does should come with proofs and evidence.

“My approval limit as the Speaker is N100 million and anything above that would have to be approved by the Fund Management Committee.”

Obasa also debunked an allegation that N258 million was spent on the printing of invitation cards for the inauguration of the 9th Assembly.

The speaker also denied the allegation that he spent N53 million for a trip to the United States of America with his mistress.

“We were invited by the Consular General for a programme in the United States. Later, the programme was postponed, but I had gone ahead.

“I had to return home and I told others not to bother to come until the new dates,” the speaker said.

On the report that he tricked former Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode, to spend N350 million for hosting a meeting of Conference of Speakers; Obasa told the committee that this was not possible.

The speaker said such a situation was not possible since Ambode was an accountant; who rose to be the Chief Accountant of the State.

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