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Group presents fresh petition against Fashola to Lagos Assembly

…as House removes Minority Leader

By Olasunkanmi Akoni & Gbenga Akanmu

LAGOS — Following a Lagos High Court’s ruling against the planned probe of Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State by the state House of Assembly, members of the True Face of Lagos, yesterday presented a fresh petition seeking a probe of the executive arm of the state government.

Chairman of the group, Mr Adesina Adebayo, alongside other placard-carrying members presented a copy of the petition to the Speaker of the House, Mr Adeyemi Ikuforiji,  at the Assembly complex in Alausa.

Adebayo said their action was to allow the lawmakers to follow due process in investigating the allegation of financial impropriety against Fashola administration.

He said it would amount to an act of injustice if Governor Fashola was not investigated following the allegations levelled at him.

The Speaker who reluctantly received a copy of the petition from the chairman of the group, hinted that previous petitions by the group had been causing the governor sleepless nights, adding that submitting the petition to the governor himself would go a long way to ease the job of the House.

Allegations
In the new petition, the group alleged that Fashola had corruptly enriched some privileged individuals in and out of government through some expenditure he claimed to have incurred on behalf of Lagosians.

These, the group itemized to include a N250 million given to the Rotimi Akeredolu-led exco of the Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, for a conference held last year in Lagos; N240 million on hiring of private security guard;  N1.5 billion to demolish the Bank of Industry building; awarding a two-kilometre road on Western Avenue for N7.7 billion.

House sacks Minority Leader
The Lagos State House of Assembly has removed Hodewu Suru Avoseh as the Minority Leader, accusing him of being a fifth columnist during a plenary session yesterday.

Mr Avoseh, a member of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in the House was alleged to have recorded a parliamentary meeting sometime in January, an action that contravenes the rules of the House.

Consequently, Mr Adeniyi Adedoyin, who represents Ibeju Lekki I of the PDP, has been named to replace him.

Speaking under a matter of urgent public importance, Rotimi Olowo said the action of their colleague gave him room to be uncomfortable since nothing had been done or heard of the matter from Speaker Adeyemi Ikuforiji.

According to Olowo, “the act of Avoseh, a principal officer to bring a sophisticated recording device in form of a pen into the parliamentary meeting to record activities where members freely speak their mind gives a feeling that he was playing the role of a fifth columnist.”


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