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Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly have backed the Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa.

The PUNCH learnt that during plenary on Monday, it was observed that a petition had been sent to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on the issue of vehicles bought for the members.

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Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly have backed the Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa.

The PUNCH learnt that during plenary on Monday, it was observed that a petition had been sent to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on the issue of vehicles bought for the members.

The petition was titled, ‘Petition against Lagos State House of Assembly Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa, on gross financial misconduct, criminal breach of public trust and abuse of office,’ and was filed by one Buna Olaitan Isiak of the Human Rights Monitoring Agenda.

The lawmakers said the decision to buy a Toyota Prado for each member was taken at a sitting involving the members.

The issue of the petition was raised by lawmaker representing Somolu Constituency 1, Rotimi Olowo, under Matters of Urgent Public Importance.

Olowo said the petition was malicious and against the good image of the House.

“It was stated that the House bought vehicles worth N2.4bn. Since I joined the House of Assembly, we always got two vehicles before the end of the Assembly.

“In the 9th Assembly, we just got our official vehicles in November/December, 2019.

“None of the 11 new members got two vehicles. We insisted on Prado Jeep and Mr Speaker didn’t want to give us, but we insisted on it.

“We are all beneficiaries of the largesse and yet we go about making insinuations and leaking information to the whole world,” he said.

He was supported in his argument by other members who agreed that they all collectively took the decision to purchase the cars.

In his reaction, Obasa stated that the issue was not about official vehicles, but the backup vehicles and the money spent on purchasing them.

“The writer of the petition is close to Hon. Olumuyiwa Jimoh. Some of the things he wrote were parts of what we have discussed,” he said.

Obasa denied any crisis in the Assembly but said whatever was done was a collective decision.

“We have been sitting and we have been having parliamentary meetings. We must stand by the truth and the truth would set you free.

“There is no decision we take that we did not discuss in the Assembly. There is nothing hidden about the purchase of the vehicles, you can cross-check,” he said.

The petition was titled, ‘Petition against Lagos State House of Assembly Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa, on gross financial misconduct, criminal breach of public trust and abuse of office,’ and was filed by one Buna Olaitan Isiak of the Human Rights Monitoring Agenda.

The lawmakers said the decision to buy a Toyota Prado for each member was taken at a sitting involving the members.

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The issue of the petition was raised by lawmaker representing Somolu Constituency 1, Rotimi Olowo, under Matters of Urgent Public Importance.

Olowo said the petition was malicious and against the good image of the House.

“It was stated that the House bought vehicles worth N2.4bn. Since I joined the House of Assembly, we always got two vehicles before the end of the Assembly.

“In the 9th Assembly, we just got our official vehicles in November/December, 2019.

“None of the 11 new members got two vehicles. We insisted on Prado Jeep and Mr Speaker didn’t want to give us, but we insisted on it.

“We are all beneficiaries of the largesse and yet we go about making insinuations and leaking information to the whole world,” he said.

He was supported in his argument by other members who agreed that they all collectively took the decision to purchase the cars.

In his reaction, Obasa stated that the issue was not about official vehicles, but the backup vehicles and the money spent on purchasing them.

“The writer of the petition is close to Hon. Olumuyiwa Jimoh. Some of the things he wrote were parts of what we have discussed,” he said.

Obasa denied any crisis in the Assembly but said whatever was done was a collective decision.

“We have been sitting and we have been having parliamentary meetings. We must stand by the truth and the truth would set you free.

“There is no decision we take that we did not discuss in the Assembly. There is nothing hidden about the purchase of the vehicles, you can cross-check,” he said.

Source: Punch

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