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Lagos Assembly speaker disbands resolution committee

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The Lagos State House of Assembly Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa, has disbanded a committee set up to resolve the impasse that led to the removal of two principal officers and suspension of two others. During plenary yesterday, Obasa said there was no going back on the removal and suspension of the lawmakers.

According to him, there was no need for the Ibrahim Layode-led committee set up over the weekend to resolve the impasse with the affected lawmakers. Obasa said this was because of publications on the crisis over the weekend, especially the interview with the removed Chief Whip, Rotimi Abiru, published in one of the dailies.

The Speaker also accused Oshun of leaking information on the N2.4 billion spent on cars by the Assembly. He also traced the petition written against him by a group, Human Rights Monitoring Agenda (HURMA), on gross financial misconduct and criminal breach of public trust to Olumuyiwa Jimoh.

Obasa then declared that if those who had been disciplined by the House were responsible for what was being spread all over the place, the committee set up on the issue should be dissolved.

“I want to say that there is no crisis in the Lagos State House of Assembly. If there is crisis, we would not have this number of people in the Assembly that we have today,” he said.

While reacting to the petition, members of the Assembly accused the petitioner of exaggeration and mischief, just as they alleged that what had been reported, especially in the social media, was untrue.

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