By News Desk,
Aside from presenting his financial books to party leaders and other stakeholders’, the lawmaker also adopted strategies to get public sympathy by releasing detailed spending of the house during lawmakers inauguration and other activities.
Although the strategy yielded results, with some residents especially those from his constituency claiming the revelations were targeted at discrediting him, but it further angered others and they demanded that he leaves the office for another competent lawmaker to lead the house.
The results of the strategy was evident last Saturday when two lawmakers, Rotimi Olowo and Folajimi Mohammed, the son of Lai Mohammed, appeared on different talk shows where they defended Obasa and the house on financial allegations.
Obasa’s tactics to weather the storm, however, further angered some party leaders who felt his inactions has further exposed the house to ridicule and should made to face the consequences.
Also, APC members from Kosofe Local Government were of the opinion that the embattled speaker should be asked to proceed on suspension pending when the face-off between Obasa and their leader, Sikiru Oshinowo, popularly called pepper would be resolved appropriately.
They alleged that the speaker, rather than appreciate Oshinowo’s role in stabilizing the house affairs, stripped lawmakers loyal to the senator of their status at the house, an action that did not go down well with the party leaders.
While persuading leaders from Kosofe to sheath their swords, sources from Alimosho Local Government disclosed that leaders from the axis were presently kicking against any arrangements that would see their apex leader, Enilolobo, relinquish the leadership of Mandate group to Obasa.
The source added that the APC members from the axis are of the view that it would suffice that Obasa leaves the speaker’s seat to avoid any possible confrontation with Enilolobo on the control of Mandate group
An APC leader from Agege, meanwhile, hinted that the party leaders have started intervening on the issue and that they have instructed the affected parties to sheath their swords to prevent any further disunity within the party hierarchy.
Inspite of the intervention, another source from Kosofe axis claimed the party leadership intervention had failed to subdued the clamour among lawmakers that had earlier raised concerns over Obasa’s administrative style and ability to lead other 39 members of the 9th Assembly.
To these lawmakers, he said, replacing Obasa with another lawmaker from the East or West senatorial district since the state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, was from central, remain the best option to save Lagos Assembly from future crisis.
Another source stated that the deputy speaker, Wasiu Eshinlokun, would have been the most appropriate man to replace Obasa and stabilize the house affairs but like Sanwo-Olu, he also hailed from Lagos central and cannot be made to occupy the coveted seat.
A former lawmaker, who did not want his name mentioned, hinted that Senai Agunbiade stands in a poll position to replace the speaker if the issues against him were not resolved before the planned suspension.