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Obasa may go on suspension, lose speakership’s seat

By News Desk,

Speakership’s seat of Lagos House of  Assembly may become a forbidden throne for current speaker, Dr. Mudashiru Obasa, should he not be able to resolve financial misappropriation allegations leveled against him, aside other issues from Lagos state chapter of All Progressives  Congress (APC), and the house lawmakers were able to agree and sign his suspension.
Even though the lawmakers were currently on a recess, it was authoritatively gathered that there could be an emergency plenary by the house to look at the issues raised against Obasa, though there were views that the matter should be resolved so as not to cause unbearable damages to the party and the state.
 Besides, among political class and the state chapter of APC’s leaders, there have been suspicions after Dr. Obasa was removed as leader of the party’s caucus group, Mandate, and been replaced by one of his Lagos west constituency’s member, Abdullahi  Enilolobo, that the action signaled trouble for the speaker.
Those who foresaw the embattled speaker’s future had predicted that he may not last long particularly with several documents linking Obasa to financial dealings of the house.
However, there were released documents circulating within public domain during past weeks, alleging Dr. Obasa to be operating dozens of  bank accounts, with Bank Verification Number (BVN) authenticating how the lawmaker had been allegedly misappropriating public funds through his office.
Sources, who are top political leaders in the state, including lawmakers from the house, said that their wishes were that Obasa should be able to resolve issues that had brought crises to the house and that the party might have to intervene if need be.
They explained that the allegations leveled  against the speaker were under investigation and that Obasa had been trying to supply those in charge of the findings needful information such that can prove his innocence.


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.

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