Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has said that the panel of enquiry raised by the Assembly to probe allegations of financial misconduct against him was the handiwork of his enemies.
Obasa appeared at the weekend before the 9-man fact-finding panel of the House led by Hon. Victor Akande (Ojo Constituency 1).
The Speaker stated that all the allegations made by SaharaReporters in its reports were unfounded, saying that the vehicles bought for the members of the House and other expenses made by the House were done with the approval of the House and that of the Fund Management Committee (FMU) of the House headed by him.
We bought Land Cruisers for Principal Officers of the House. The cars we buy for Principal Officers are always higher than those of other members and we followed the due process in the purchase.
We went through the Public Procurement Agency (PPA) and others and the vehicles were distributed appropriately.
It was agreed at the parliamentary meetings on about four occasions and the Clerk of the House is the Secretary.
Also, it is not true that my wife collects N10 Million monthly from the House. Anyone who says she does should come with proofs and evidences.
My approval limit as the Speaker of the House is N100 million. Anything above that would have to be approved by the Fund Management Committee. On Prado Jeep that we bought for the members, we followed the due process like we did in that of the Principal Officers.
Obasa also debunked an allegation that N258 million was spent for the printing of invitation cards for the inauguration of the 9th Assembly, saying that the whole event cost N61 Million and that N1.1 Million was spent to print the invitation cards.
On the expenditure of N80 Million as estacode for the training of women in Dubai, the Speaker said that wives of 20 lawmakers attended the event and that he was there to declare the event open.
He also defended the purchase of eight Hiace buses for committee works in the Assembly, saying that the House was spending a lot of money on vehicles repairs while stressing that the buses and document of the purchase were available.
He also denied the allegation that he spent N53 Million for a trip to the United States with his mistress.