- Members of Lagos state House of Assembly have passed a vote of confidence on Obasa
- Obasa, who is the speaker of the House, is being investigated by the EFCC over an allegation of fraud
- Some lawmakers, however, accused the majority leader, Sanai Agunbiade, of being disloyal to the speaker
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The current trial of the speaker of the Lagos state House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) over alleged misappropriation of funds may have pitched members of the House against one another.
The Nation reports that a mild drama ensued on Monday, October 12, during a plenary when the lawmakers were pledging their loyalty individually to Obasa.
Legit.ng gathered that after pledging their support, some lawmakers loyal to Obasa expressed their reservation over the loyalty of the majority leader of the House, Sanai Agunbiade.
A member representing Ojo 2, Victor Akande, and the lawmaker representing Oshodi-Isolo 1, Olusola Sokunle, challenged Agunbiade to declare his stand on the resolution to pass a vote of confidence on Obasa.
It was gathered that when it got to Akande’s turn to pledge his loyalty to Obasa, he challenged Agunbiade to speak out on where he belongs in the House.
"I will want the majority leader to speak out on where he belongs in this House. We are majority in this House and he is our majority leader. The minority cannot rule over the majority.”
In his comments, Sokunle also asked the majority leader to speak out and make it clear where he belongs if he is for the majority or the minority.
Agunbiade, however, responded while expressing surprise and embarrassment at the challenge.
He said he was embarrassed by comments of those asking him to state where he belongs, saying with the vote of confidence passed on the speaker, those behind the purported impeachment plan have been disgraced.
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Two other lawmakers, Fatai Oluwa representing Ajeromi Ifelodun 2 and Temitope Adewale representing Ifako/Ijaiye 1, also accused the erstwhile deputy majority leader, Wahab Jimoh and Moshood Oshun representing Mainland 2 of disloyalty.
“I was part of the lawmakers who travelled to Istanbul in Turkey but to my surprise, in the report, I read online, Hon. Wahab Jimoh’s name was not mentioned as part of the beneficiaries. This shows that he was the one who was divulging information about this House to the media."
Adewale also alleged that Jimoh is the one divulging unauthorised information of the House to the media, saying that he listened recently to a voice note where the lawmaker told some people to search for Houses owned by the speaker abroad.
“We have information at our disposal that Hon. Wahab Jimoh is searching around for Obasa’s properties in the United States.
“If any information comes out on the media about your properties, I suggest that Hon. Wahab Jimoh should be suspended indefinitely. If it is war, let it be war, we are the ones in-charge of this House."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the speaker of the Lagos state House of Assembly reacted over the invitation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over the alleged misappropriation of funds levelled against him.
It was reported that the EFCC on Thursday, October 8, questioned Obasa over allegations of fraud and financial misappropriation.
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