In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 07th, June, 2020

How We Spent N80m On Lawmakers’ Wives Dubai Journey

How We Spent N80m On Lawmakers' Wives Dubai Trip

Mudashiru Obasa


The Speaker of the Lagos State Home of Meeting, Mr Mudashiru Obasa, on Saturday appeared earlier than the Home panel of enquiry on the corruption allegations levelled towards him by a web based medium.

Obasa instructed the panel that the allegations had been unfaithful and that they had been the handiwork of his enemies.

The Speaker appeared earlier than the nine-man fact-finding panel of the Home headed by Mr Victor Akande (Ojo Constituency I) on the Home chamber.

The Information Company of Nigeria stories that a web based medium had reported on Might 23 that at the very least 64 financial institution accounts had been found and linked to the Financial institution Verification Variety of the Speaker.

The net medium stated that it found that the accounts registered with numerous names had been getting used to siphon public funds and lots of different allegations towards the Speaker.

Responding to questions from members of the committee, Obasa stated all of the allegations made by the web medium within the stories had been unfounded.

The Speaker defined that the autos purchased for the members of the Home and different bills made by the Home had been accomplished with the approval of the Home and that of the Fund Administration Committee of the Home headed by him.

“We purchased (Toyota) Land Cruisers for principal officers of the Home. The automobiles we purchased for them had been dearer than these of different members and we adopted due course of within the buy.

 “Additionally, it isn’t true that my spouse collects N10m month-to-month from the Home. Anybody who says she does ought to include proof and proof.

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“My approval restrict because the Speaker is N100m and something above that must be authorized by the Fund Administration Committee,” he stated.

Obasa, whereas explaining the expenditure of N80m as estacode for the coaching of ladies in Dubai, stated that wives of the 20 lawmakers attended the occasion and that he was there to declare the occasion open.

“We gave N4m to every of the contributors for air ticket, inns, feedings and native journey.

“Air ticket to Dubai alone price about N2m. A few of these allegations had been raised for a campaign to get the Speaker out of workplace.

“The Home of Meeting is above widespread normal of excellence and we’ve got to coach individuals, and this comes at a price. Studying shouldn’t be low-cost and I’ve by no means collected N80m for estacode at a go earlier than,” he stated.

Obasa additionally denied the allegation that he spent N53m on a visit to america of America together with his mistress.

“We had been invited by the Consular Common for a programme in america. Later, the programme was postponed, however I had gone forward.

“I needed to return dwelling and I instructed others to not trouble to come back till the brand new dates,” the Speaker stated.

“On the difficulty of awarding contracts to firms belonging to me, they need to come and present proof of the place I awarded contracts to myself,” he instructed the panel.

On the report that he tricked ex-governor Akinwunmi Ambode to spend N350m on internet hosting a gathering of Convention of Audio system, Obasa instructed the committee that this was not doable. He stated such a state of affairs was not doable since Ambode was an accountant, who rose to be the chief accountant of the state.

“All these allegations are deliberate actions of my enemies to attain their goals that they may not obtain within the Home to take away me because the Speaker, which was why they got here up with such stories,”
he stated.

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The Deputy Speaker of the Home, Mr Wasiu Eshinlokun-Sanni, who additionally appeared earlier than the panel, denied attending a gathering in Dubai as towards the report of a web based medium.

The Clerk of the Home, Mr. Azeez Sanni, additionally defended the estacode for the journey to america, saying that it adopted the usual process.

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