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Lagos Speaker disbands resolution committee, affirm lawmakers suspension

By Olawale Abdul-Fatah

Crisis rocking Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday took another twist when the Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa, disbanded the committee set up to resolve the impeachment and suspension of four lawmakers.

The disbandment came barely four days after the House, at a parliamentary session, inaugurated the committee led by a lawmaker representing Badagry, Ibrahim Layode, to resolve the lingering crisis.

It was gathered that the committee was about commencing their mediation works when the former Chief Whip, Rotimi Abiru, granted an interview, allegedly accusing the speaker of highhandedness.

Announcing the disbandment of the committee, Obasa declared that there was no going back on the removal of two principal officers and suspension of two other lawmakers.

The speaker, while instructing the committee to cease from operation, stressed that there was no need for the Layode-led committee to commence further meetings to resolve the crisis.

Obasa alleged that aside the interview, the suspended and impeached lawmakers have been instigating the public against the house, furnishing the media with vital documents on lawmakers’ activities.

“The official vehicles for the 9th Assembly were the issue. It was a deliberate action to paint the House in bad light. The people that stole the vouchers that were leaked to the press is the issue.

“I thank you for all you have said about the petition. We have discussed issues relating to divulging the discussions in the House.  I said that the issue that came out in the Newspaper is traceable to Moshood Oshun. He was asking me for documents of the vehicle given to him, he was the one that called me on the telephone that his vehicle was seized by Customs Officer.

“I once said that someone stole the vouchers of the vehicles. Where did he get it from if not for the role played by a member of the House. The writer of the petition is close to Olumuyiwa Jimoh. Some of the things he wrote were parts of what we have discussed,” he said.

Obasa then declared that if those who had been disciplined by the House were responsible for what was being spread all over the place, the committee set up on the issue should be dissolved.

“I want to say that there is no crisis in the Lagos State House of Assembly, if there is crisis, we would not have this number of people in the Assembly that we have today.

“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.

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