The Lagos State House of Assembly, Monday passed a no confidence vote on the leadership of the Speaker of the house, Mudashiru Obasa.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that this was sequel to an urgent matter of public importance raised by Tunde Braimoh representing Kosofe Constituency II during plenary.
Braimoh said the speaker had done well since he assumed office with his leadership style and people oriented motions and bills that had positively affected the lives of the people of the state.
“I, Tunde Braimoh, representing the good people of Kosofe Constituency II, hereby move that a vote of total confidence be passed on the Speaker, Mr Mudashiru Obasa,” he said.
Also speaking, the Majority Leader of the House, Sanai Agunbiade, representing Ikorodu I, said for the executive to accomplish good things it must have good legislature.
Agunbiade said the legislature could not be successful without good leaders, which was headed by the speaker.
He said it was unanimous that Obasa, who he called the symbol of the Lagos State House of Assembly, had been very impressive.
“Since the tenure is not ending today it means you still need to do more work. I pray that God will give you more wisdom and more grace to do the work,” he said.
Commenting, Abiodun Tobun, representing Epe I, said the House and Obasa stand above common standard of excellence.
“You are bold, and courageous. You have been insistent that the parliament must go beyond the common standard of excellence.
“You cannot buy experience, you have got this over the years, and no one can buy it in the market.
“We are behind you as you have been elected by us and sovereignty belongs to the people. On behalf of the people of Epe Constituency I, I would say that we are behind you,” he said.
On his part, Gbolahan Yishawu, representing Eti Osa II, described Obasa as a role model, and a trail blazer.
Yishawu said Obasa had taken the assembly to new heights and that his depth of knowledge was high.
He said his understanding of the economy of Lagos State as former chairman of the House Committee on Budget was second to none.
In his contribution, Bisi Yusuff, representing Alimosho Constituency I, stated that the speaker was courageous and believed in the cause of the House and in that of the state.
“You can be very stubborn, but it is always for a cause. The House is above an individual or anybody.
“Out of the three arms of government only the legislature was not regarded, but you have raised the bar, so you can continue to be stubborn,” he said.
The Deputy Speaker of the House, Wasiu Sanni-Eshinlokun, said he aligned with all the accolades being showered on the speaker.
Eshinlokun attested that the House was doing very well in the 9th Assembly, adding that this was due to the speaker’s leadership.
While wishing the speaker well, he said this was just the beginning of many trails that the 9th Assembly under the leadership of Obasa would blaze.
In his comments, Rotimi Olowo, representing Shomolu I, said he could attest to speaker Obasa’s administrative acumen, adding that he had done a lot to make the lawmakers visible in their constituencies.
Olowo said Obasa had made them relevant among their people through the stakeholders meeting.
“The training you exposed us to have also improved us as members of the House.
“The movement of Lagos State to the next level has also shown your good leadership style.
“You always want to ensure that Lagos State is not enmeshed in debts.
“You have sponsored bills and motions through proxies in the House.
“You are a selfless man as you ensure that you defended the autonomy of both the legislature and the judiciary.
“You even discussed this with President Muhammadu Buhari. You are a self-made man, you are a selfless man and a great man,” he stated.
Other lawmakers also took turns to speak on the matter and eulogised the speaker for his leadership style.
Responding, the speaker thanked the members for their comments.
Obasa stressed that all what the lawmakers had said would not have been possible without their support.
“You have been able to sustain the House as being above common standard of excellence.
“In the past, people used to come to the assembly once, but now people have been coming twice, three times, four times and even five times.
“It means we have all been doing well which is why people have been returning us.
“We have contributed a lot to the the development of democracy. I want to urge you all to continue to do your best for the state,” he said.
The speaker thanked all those that had been pointing his attention to areas of importance including the staff of the assembly.
He promised to continue to protect the interest of the lawmakers and that of the assembly generally.
Oshiomhole suspects Obaseki of defection from APC
The National Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has become suspicious that Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State was creating crisis in the state ostensibly to dump the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
Oshiomhole also accused the governor of blackmail as excuse for possible defection someday.
But he, however, advised Obaseki to focus on delivery of good governance to the people rather than blackmailing his personality.
He gave the advice in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Simon Ebegbulem, in Abuja on Tuesday.
The APC chairman said: “We have it on good authority that the governor (Obaseki) intends to create disaffection and crisis in the state, APC and probably dump the party for another party.
“That is why, he has embarked on this brigandary which Edo people will resist. So, he should stop blackmailing me and face governance which is why Edo people voted him into power.
“We are even more scared now that the governor is making every effort to coerce me into giving him details of my movement in Edo State. Who knows what he is plotting again. But every evil plot against me will fail.”
He alleged that the last Saturday’s siege at his residence by Obaseki’s thugs was a good example.
“Before that incident, state government sponsored thugs have been harassing, intimidating APC members across the 18 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state because APC leaders refused to adopt his second term aspiration.
“People are being sacked in their jobs everyday in the state,” he said.
PDP dismisses Villa feud as show of incompetence, urges NASS to probe Buhari for alleged illegal allotment
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Tuesday condemned the public fight between the First Lady, Aisha Buhari and President Muhammadu Buhari’s cousins, over rooms in the Presidential villa, as disgraceful that underlines the alleged managerial ineptitude and leadership failures of the Buhari Presidency
It, therefore, urged the National Assembly to probe the alleged abuse of office by Buhari following revelation that he assigns official facilities in the Presidential villa to unauthorized persons that have no official roles in governance, and apply appropriate sanctions.
The opposition party said the chaos in the Villa further exposed the Buhari Presidency’s poor management of issues and highlights why it has allegedly failed in delivering on any of its responsibilities in governance that allegedly left the nation in a shambolic situation in the last five years.
PDP spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan made this allegations in a statement made available to TIMELY POST in Abuja.
Part of the statement reads, “The feud further uncovers the impunity, disorderliness and vanity that
pervade the Buhari Presidency and how the once serious and productive seat of power has been turned into a house of comedy and an overcrowded quarter for illegal occupants.
“Nigerians can now see why it has become difficult for our nation to witness any stability or progress under the Buhari Presidency and why the Buhari-led Federal Government has been bedeviled by confusion, infighting, policy flip-flops, statutory violations, promotion of
violence, ingrained corruption and administrative indolence while millions of Nigerians wallow in poverty and neglect.
“Nigerians and the world can equally see why no one expects the Buhari Presidency to articulate any progressive idea or proffer and implement
any solution to the myriad of economic and security problems it caused our nation; they can now see why there is no hope in sight and why
compatriots are daily agitating for a new order.
“Our party notes that our dear nation has suffered enough disgrace from the Buhari Presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC). The PDP
therefore charges President Buhari to immediately apologize to Nigerians for his failures and be ready to vacate office for more competent hands, since it has become obvious that he is leading our country to nowhere”.
Further, the PDP urged the National Assembly to sanitize the Presidential villa by probing allegations of illegal allotment of offices and apartments to unauthorized persons, including scammers and corruption fronts in Aso Rock.
867, 088 to vote in Bayelsa guber election
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Monday affirmed that a total of 867, 088 eligible voters are expected to vote in the November 16, gubernatorial election in Bayelsa State.
INEC National Commissioner supervising elections in Bayelsa, Edo and Rivers State, May Agbamuche-Mbu, disclosed this in Yenagoa, the state capital at the official presentation of the voter register to 45 political parties contesting in the election.
Mrs Agbamuche-Mbu, who presented soft copies of the register to the parties, explained that the document revealed the number of registered voters by polling unit, registration Area, local government areas and state.
“This is to enable eligible voters to check their details and know the location of their polling units,” she explained.
On appointment of party agents, the commissioner enjoined all political parties to submit names of their agents not later than 14 days before the election.
“Submit the names of your party agent on or before Nov. 2, as the Commission will not extend the deadline for submission,” she urged.
Also, the Commission’s National Director, Voter Registry, Iro Gambo, said though a total of 923, 182 voters were registered in Bayelsa at the end of the 2017 and 2018 Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise, but only 867, 088 voters collected their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).
Gambo, represented by the Deputy Director, Voter Registry, Paul Ayaeze, explained that the PVCs were made available for collection during the nationwide CVR exercise at all the local government areas in the state between April 2017 and August 2018.
“In all, the number of uncollected PVCs are 33, 974,” the director said.
In his remark, INEC’s Resident Electoral Commission (REC) in Bayelsa, Monday Udoh, restated the Commission’s readiness to conduct free, fair and credible election for the people.
Udoh, who was represented by the Administrative Secretary of the commission in the state, Edwin Enabor, enjoined all political parties to play by the rules and refrain from violence.
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