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Lagos Assembly lifts suspension on four members

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The Lagos State House of Assembly yesterday lifted the suspension on four of its members.

The Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa, announced the move at the start of plenary yesterday.

Obasa said the Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC) and the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, called a meeting last Tuesday to intervene in the crisis and directed that the House should reinstate the suspended lawmakers.

The affected lawmakers were Olumuyiwa Jimoh, who was removed as Deputy Majority Leader; Rotimi Abiru, who was removed as Chief Whip; Moshood Oshun and Raheem Adewale who were suspended.

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The Speaker was, however, silent on whether the removed principal officers would be reinstated to their former positions or they would continue as floor members and chairmen of committees.

Their indefinite suspension was announced at the plenary on March 9 and the affected lawmakers and their members of staff had since then been denied access to the Assembly Complex with their offices sealed up.

The GAC held a meeting with the Speaker and the four lawmakers concerned at the Lagos House, Marina, on Tuesday with the governor and Tinubu in attendance.

The meeting was called to end the crisis that had been rocking the Assembly in the past three weeks.

It was reported that the GAC, which is the highest political organ of the party, told the lawmakers to go and settle themselves and report back.

The Guardian learnt that the GAC, the highest political organ of the party, which did not want to apportion blames, had insisted that the lawmakers must settle themselves so that peace would return to the Assembly.

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