By Okunade Adekunle
Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday passed a vote of confidence in the Speaker, Rt (Hon) Mudashiru Obasa, saying that he demonstrates exemplary leadership.
The lawmakers passed the vote of confidence during the plenary session after the lawmaker representing Somolu Constituency 1, Hon. Rotimi Olowo, stood up to eulogise the leadership prowess of the Speaker in running of the affairs of the House.
They also denied the plans to impeach the Speaker, saying that it was fabricated information to cause division among lawmakers.
Olowo, who thanked the Speaker for addressing the EndSARS protesters last week Thursday at midnight despite his tight schedule, said it was rare for a leader to do so at that period of time.
“I rise this afternoon to appreciate you and the Deputy Speaker for the prompt attention and response to the EndSARS protest. On Thursday, my son in Canada told me he saw you and the Deputy Speaker addressing the youths at midnight. It shows that you are not just a leader but a father. And we all know that youth is the strength of this nation. There are youths who are doing negative things but we have many who are very hardworking. They have won many accolades and laurels in and outside Nigeria. For you to have taken time to address the protesters around 2 am, it shows you are more than a leader but a father and a builder”
“In addition, on Friday you called an emergency plenary to address the issue of the EndSARS protesters, it shows you are a father and a leader. Aside from that, you have done things that make me appreciate you. The preservation of Yoruba language and culture by introducing the speaking of Yoruba language during the plenary session on Thursdays.
“Before I will move a vote of confidence in you, I want to say this, that you should allow members to raise their voice and as well their hands and allow them to speak because the mischievous people have started again with the intention to destroy your person.
“On Saturday, I read in the social media that 26 members of the Lagos state House of Assembly have signed for your impeachment. I don’t know the 26 the report was talking about because I know that you have the majority in this House. And I also know that we are more than 26 who are your followers in this House because you are a great man.
“We should know the 26 members that have signed for your impeachment today. So, I want to urge you, Mr Speaker, to allow the members to talk and eulogise you because you are doing well”, said Olowo.
Also, Hon. Fatai Oluwa ( Ajeromi Ifelodun 2) while clarifying that he was part of the lawmakers who travelled to Turkey, alleged Hon. Wahab Jimoh ( Apapa 2) of giving false information about the House to the media.
Oluwa added, “I was shocked to see the story on “trip to Istanbul alone”, i was on that trip, Hon. Olumuyiwa Jimoh was on the trip as well, Hon. Mojeed Fatai and Hon. Egberongbe also. It is clear that someone is doing his best to give this House a bad name.”
The lawmaker representing Ifako/Ijaiye 1, Hon. Temitope Adewale, assured the speaker of his loyalty, saying that before he was elected, he had known the House to be a peaceful Assembly.
Adewale alleged Hon. Wahab Jimoh of giving false information about the House to the media, saying that he listened recently to a voice note where the alleged lawmaker told some people to search for Houses owned by the Speaker in abroad.
Also, Hon. Olusola Sokunle ( Oshodi-Isolo 1) said his loyalty to the Speaker remains unshakable, saying that those fingered in the act of giving false information about the House to the media should be suspended.
“My loyalty to Speaker Obasa is unshakable. I don’t know why some people would be after pulling Mr Speaker down at all cost. We want the Majority Leader to speak out and make it clear where he belongs if he is for the majority of the minority. 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 through the media about your properties, I suggest that Hon. Wahab Jimoh should be suspended indefinitely. We should also investigate my dear brother, Hon. Moshood Oshun, if he is part of it. When we have peace we will call them back,” said Sokunle.
Hon. Lukmon Olumoh ( Ajeromi/Ifelodun 1) said, ” I don’t know why some members will want to bring the Speaker down at all cost despite his wonderful contributions to the growth and development of State parliament in Nigeria and Lagos in particular. I want to assure Mr Speaker that I remain loyal to him and will stand by him till the end.”
Hon. Victor Akande ( Ojo 2), in his comments, described Obasa as a listening leader who accommodates members’ views on issues, saying that the Speaker was instrumental to his re-election.
“I will want the Majority Leader to speak out on where he belongs in this House. We are the majority in this House and he is our majority leader. The minority cannot rule over the majority,” said Akande.
Hon. Bisi Yusuff added, “I am not one of those who signed any purported impeachment of the Speaker. I appreciate the emergency plenary you (Obasa) convened for the good people of Alimosho on the recent gas explosion and the EndSarsNow. We appreciate your leadership”.
Hon. Abiodun Tobun stated, “We do not impeach on Social Media, we are legislators representing Lagosians if we need to impeach we will be bold about it. There is no need for impeachment and the rumour should be disregarded.”
Hon. David Setonji described Obasa as a wonderful man and called on Lagosians to disregard the information on alleged impeachment rumour.
Hon. Sylvester Ogunkelu disclaimed the alleged impeachment. He further advised that the leadership of the House should fish out those giving out false information to detractors for purposes of blackmail.
Hon Yinka Ogundimu ( Agege 2) said: “This is just a move to cause anarchy and division among the members, the impeachment rumour is a fallacy. We did not sign any impeachment, and the information should be disregarded”.
The Deputy Chief Wife, Hon. Monsunmola Songodara commended Obasa ‘s courage and fighting spirit and assured him of the House support. She said his leadership is worthy of emulation.
While responding, the Majority Leader, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade said he was embarrassed by the comments of those asking him to the state where he belongs, saying that with the vote of confidence passed in the Speaker, those behind the purported impeachment plan had been disgraced.
“I know full well that impeachment of the Speaker cannot be done in the social media and it takes a process,” said Agunbiade.
All lawmakers in attendance took a turn to appreciate the legislative acumen and leadership style of Speaker Obasa.
However, the Speaker of the House, Rt (Hon) Mudashiru Obasa, said his position as a speaker of the House does not stop him from owning properties as long as the properties are not linked to the missing fund of the House.
“I don’t entertain any fear concerning the media reports. My becoming the Speaker was through the Almighty Allah. This House of Assembly is one and will remain one forever. The House is not divided,” said Obasa.
Obasa said that the media report of him owning duplexes was the handiwork of his political enemies.
“They have taken me to EFCC, I have been invited, I have honoured their invitation and the invitation still continues, nothing but desperation to get me out. They started with official matters of the Assembly, they now went into my personal life. They said I have property opposite LASPOTECH in Ikorodu, now the question is, does being a speaker stops me from having my personal properties? I think the question should be is there any issue with the finances of the house?
“So, I just want to urge us to continue to work together in the interest of our people, those who are chasing show will get tired.
“They said I have 57 houses in Agege. They are shameless, they are not talking of Ikoyi, they are not talking of Lekki, I have houses in Agege, they brought out the list, almost every street in Agege, I just hope they will not go and seize somebody else house thinking I own it.
“All that has been going on since March is just to get me out of the seat, it is pure politics and I hope EFCC will not allow itself to be dragged into this politics,” said the Speaker.