Obasa: Lagos Assembly passes vote of confidence on embattled speaker over corruption allegations

Obasa: Lagos Assembly passes vote of confidence on embattled speaker over corruption allegations

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday, June 8, passed a vote of confidence in the Speaker of the House, Mr Mudashiru Obasa, after clearing him of all corruption allegations levelled against him.

1st News reported that the House unanimously passed the vote of confidence through a voice vote conducted by the Majority Leader; Mr Sanai Agunbiade, who acted as the speaker during the plenary.

This followed the presentation of the report of a nine-member fact-finding ad hoc committee which was headed by Mr Victor Akande (Ojo Constituency 1) during plenary.

It was garnered that the ad hoc committee was set up to investigate all the corruption allegations levelled against the speaker, bothering on operating 64 bank accounts with different names.

Obasa was alleged to have 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.

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It was also alleged that the speaker received N80 million as estacode; while his wife was collecting N10 million from the House on a monthly basis.

The speaker on Saturday appeared before the state assembly panel of inquiry on the corruption allegations.

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

Akande, in presenting the report of the fact-finding committee during the plenary, said all the allegations made against Obasa were frivolous; adding that the speaker followed due process in all its purchases.

The lawmaker stated that the House was concerned about the damaging allegations against the speaker.

Akande said the committee had recommended that the Clerk of the House; Mr Azeez Sanni, should begin the process of investigating the leakage of some documents of the house to the media and bring the erring staffers to book.

He said: “We also recommend that the activities of the house should be digitalised for proper record keeping and monitoring.

“It was then suggested by the committee that a vote of confidence should be passed on the speaker of the house,” he said.

Akande said that the banks invited during the investigation; including Ecobank, Wema, Polaris, and Zenith, denied allegations that Obasa had multiple accounts with them with the same BVN and different names.

The lawmaker stated that the committee found that the speaker had only one account with Ecobank; which he opened in 2007, but that the account was dormant and that the BVN quoted for Ecobank was not correct.

Mr Setonji David (Badagry II) thereafter moved a motion for the adoption of the recommendation of the committee, which was supported by Mr Temitope Adewale (Ifako Ijaiye II).

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