By OKUNADE ADEKUNLE
There was a mild drama at the Lagos State House of Assembly on Tuesday when the lawmaker representing Mainland 2, Hon Moshood Oshun walked out of the hallowed chamber during plenary session after the Speaker of the House, Rt Hon Mudashiru Obasa directed him to take his allocated seat instead of the one he was sitting on.
Oshun, who is the House Chairman Committee On Legislative Compliance, however, said he had earlier complained that the seat allocated to him was not convenient.
The Speaker thereafter told Oshun, that if everyone chose his or her seat, how would the chamber looked like.
Obasa said Oshun should comply with the rule of the House. At this point, Oshun walked out of the chamber.
Recalled that the House had in March, 2020 removed two of its principal officers, the Chief Whip, Hon. Rotimi Abiru, and the Deputy Majority Leader, Hon. Olumuyiwa Jimoh, and suspended indefinitely two other members, Hon. Moshood Oshun (Lagos Mainland Constituency II) and Kazeem Raheem Adewale (Ibeji Lekki Constituency II).
Announcing the suspension of the members, the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, said the House as the hope of the people and the heartbeat of democracy should be well guided.
“I hereby invoke Section 68 and Section 70 4 (a, b) 2 and 3 of the House Rules in respect of gross misconduct, insubordination and action that can destabilise this House.
“I hereby move that Hon. Moshood Oshun and Hon. Raheem Adewale be placed on suspension indefinitely,” the Speaker said.
The two decisions were supported through voice-votes by members present during plenary. Notice and change in the leadership was contained in a letter read on the floor of the House by the Clerk, Azeez Sanni.
Sanni stated that the 26 members that signed the letter urged the House “to change the leadership of the House, including Rotimi Abiru as the Chief Whip and Olumuyiwa Jimoh as Deputy Chief Whip.”
However, the suspension of the four lawmakers was later lifted after the intervention of the leaders of the party.
After lifting the suspension, the four lawmakers were made Committee Chairmen as follows: Hon. Wahab Jimoh was assigned to chair the Committee on Central Business District (CBD) while his counterpart who was removed as Chief Whip, Honourable Rotimi Abiru, is now Chairman of Inter-Parliamentary Committee.
Hon. Oshun was removed from the Chairmanship of the Public Accounts Committee (State) and was subsequently named Chairman, Committee on Legislative Compliance, while Hon Kazeem Adewale Raheem is now the Chairman of Establishments, Training and Pensions from his earlier position of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations .