How we burned through N80m on administrators’ spouse’s Dubai trip — Lagos Speaker, Obasa

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr Mudashiru Obasa, on Saturday showed up before the House board of enquiry on the defilement charges leveled against him by an online medium.

Obasa told the board that the claims were false and that they were the handicraft of his foes.

The Speaker showed up before the nine-man truth discovering board of the House headed by Mr Victor Akande (Ojo Constituency I) at the House chamber.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that an online medium had provided details regarding May 23 that at any rate 64 financial balances had been found and connected to the Bank Verification Number of the Speaker.

The online medium said that it found that the records enlisted with different names were being utilized to siphon open assets and numerous different claims against the Speaker.

Reacting to inquiries from individuals from the council, Obasa said all the claims made by the online medium in the reports were unwarranted.

The Speaker clarified that the vehicles purchased for the individuals from the House and different costs made by the House were finished with the endorsement of the House and that of the Fund Management Committee of the House headed by him.

“We purchased (Toyota) Land Cruisers for chief officials of the House. The vehicles we purchased for them were more costly than those of different individuals and we followed fair treatment in the buy.

“Additionally, it isn’t correct that my significant other gathers N10m month to month from the House. Any individual who says she does should accompany confirmation and proof.

“My endorsement limit as the Speaker is N100m and anything over that would need to be affirmed by the Fund Management Committee,” he said.

Obasa, while clarifying the use of N80m as estacode for the preparation of ladies in Dubai, said that spouses of the 20 legislators went to the occasion and that he was there to pronounce the occasion open.

“We offered N4m to every one of the members for air ticket, inns, feedings and neighborhood travel.

“Air pass to Dubai alone cost about N2m. A portion of these charges were raised for a campaign to get the Speaker out of office.

“The House of Assembly is above basic standard of greatness and we need to prepare individuals, and this includes some significant downfalls. Learning isn’t modest and I have never gathered N80m for estacode at a go previously,” he said.

Obasa likewise denied the charge that he burned through N53m out traveling to the United States of America with his courtesan.

“We were welcomed by the Consular General for a program in the United States. Afterward, the program was deferred, however I had proceeded.

“I needed to get back and I advised others not to try to come until the new dates,” the Speaker said.

“On the issue of granting agreements to organizations having a place with me, they should come and show proof of where I granted agreements to myself,” he told the board.

On the report that he deceived ex-senator Akinwunmi Ambode to burn through N350m on facilitating a gathering of Conference of Speakers, Obasa told the board of trustees this was unrealistic. He said such a circumstance was unrealistic since Ambode was a bookkeeper, who rose to be the central bookkeeper of the state.

“Every one of these claims are conscious activities of my adversaries to accomplish their points that they couldn’t accomplish in the House to evacuate me as the Speaker, which was the reason they thought of such reports,” he said.

The Deputy Speaker of the House, Mr Wasiu Eshinlokun-Sanni, who additionally showed up before the board, denied going to a gathering in Dubai as against the report of an online medium.

The Clerk of the House, Mr. Azeez Sanni, additionally safeguarded the estacode for the excursion to the United States, saying that it adhered to the standard technique.

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