By Gbenga Akanmu
LAGOS â€” MEMBERS of the True Face of Lagos group, yesterday, at the Lagos State House of Assembly presented a letter of retraction of the allegations against the lawmakers to the Speaker, Mr Adeyemi Ikuforiji, claiming that they lacked evidence to back the allegation.
According to Adebayo Adesina, who presented the letter on behalf of the group, the allegation against the House was becoming a snag and an inhibition to the investigation of the case and that since they lacked evidence to prove the allegation they,Â therefore, decided to retract the allegation, while standing by the ones made againstÂ Governor Babatunde Fashola.
He said: â€œIf out of say 30 allegations, you see that one can cause a k-leg, why donâ€™t you remove that. That is one allegation we cannot prove, that is that this honourable House collected any money. Since we cannot prove it, we donâ€™t want to overburden the House.â€
However, in the letter dated February 15, 2010 and signed by Kasali Martins, Tunde George and Adesina, the group said: â€œWe want to state unequivocally that, in the affairs of men, there are bound to be errors of judgment or mistakes, and when people admit their mistakes, it is a sign of maturity and sincerity.
â€œSir, because we are men of honour who have the grace of God to admit when there is a need to change conclusion, in the face of lack of evidence, we shall not hesitate to do so.
â€œPresently, we hereby communicate to the House of Assembly that we have since discovered that those who collected money under the pretext of bribing the Assembly in order to cover up the governorâ€™s glaring misdeeds and abuse of office, as exemplified in wanton graft and fraud of monumental proportions only scammed the governor. We have confirmed that they did not deliver the money to honourable members.
â€œFor the avoidance of doubt, we would like to state categorically that we are dropping the case against Mr. Speaker and the Assembly that they collected money. We would like to place it on record that we regret all the inconvenience and discomfort this must have caused individual members, but it is important to stress that the Assembly must now use her position of high moral authority to hold the executive arm of government accountable.
â€œHowever, we are watching and monitoring the activities of members to see if there would be any black sheep that would sell its birth-right for a mess of porridge. We can ill-afford to â€˜siddon lookâ€™ and see Lagos, the Centre of Excellence, go down to the abyss.
â€œWe are of the view that we are all stakeholders in the project called Lagos hence, all hands must be on the
deck to salvage it from the hands of ravenous predators who are bent on milking state dry. Lagos State is greater than any individual or group of individuals.â€