Assembly passes vote of confidence on Obasa over allegations
• PDP faults Sanwo-Olu over committees on community policing
Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly yesterday passed a vote of confidence on Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa. This followed the presentation of the report of a nine-man fact-finding ad-hoc committee of the House on allegations of corruption levelled against the Speaker by Sahara Reporters, headed by Victor Akande (Ojo Constituency 1) during plenary.
The committee, in its report, stated that all the allegations were frivolous, unfounded and that the Speaker followed due process in all the dealings.
It, therefore, recommended that the Clerk of the House, Azeez Sanni, should begin the process of investigating the leakage of some documents of the House to the press and bring the erring members of staff to book.
It also recommended that the activities of the House should be digitalised for proper record-keeping and monitoring. After it was suggested that a vote of confidence be passed on the Speaker, Setonji David (Badagry II) moved a motion for the adoption of the report of the committee and was supported by Temitope Adewale (Ifako Ijaiye II).
In another development, Lagos State Chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has described the setting up of a State Community Policing Advisory Committee and a State Community Policing Committee by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu as mere diversionary tactics and obviously symptomatic of a failed, disillusioned government and policy of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
In a statement yesterday, Spokesman of PDP, Mr. Taofik Gani, said the newly created security committees would need the information from citizens of the state, which the APC-led administration has failed to endear itself to in terms of providing good governance.
The PDP said that citizens of the state had become so disenchanted with the government and its “audio promises and services” that every street has turned to providing for themselves their private security and other services expected of a responsive government.
However, the Spokesman of Lagos APC, Mr. Seye Oladejo, in his response said: “I have chosen not to respond to issues or statements that are not to the best of interest and development of the people of Lagos State from the opposition party.”
In another development, Conference of Registered Political Parties (CRPP), made up of 40 political parties in Nigeria, has passed a vote of confidence on Governor Sanwo-Olu for performing excellently during his one year tenure in office.
Chairman of CRPP, Taiwo Fatai, who spoke yesterday at a chat with journalists in Ikeja, Lagos, said that the pressure group took time to monitor Sanwo-Olu’s performance right from his first day in office in line with his promises during his campaign and discovered that despite all challenges, the governor tried his best to ensure he delivered dividends of democracy to the people of Lagos State which are very evident.