A Nigerian opinion piece in the Punch newspaper said allegations of corruption against the Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Alhaji Mudashiru Obasa, should be a source of concern to leaders of the All Progressive Congress (APC).
Some of the allegations are: “operating 64 bank accounts, approval of N47.5m for quarterly media promotion, approval of N258m to print phantom invitation cards two months after the event took place, receiving N17m monthly allowance for maintenance of personal residence and guest house.
Others are: “receiving alongside 17 other lawmakers N80m as estacode for attending a five-day event, collection of N45m for a Christmas party that never held”.
The leader of this thought pattern is Tunde Odesola who wrote in Punch newspaper that President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB), Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the National Chairman of the APC, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, and particularly, the APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu should not turn blind eye to the allegations if they mean well for the people.
Odesola said: ” In a pretentious democracy, when you regularly hear subsequent Lagos governors, their cabinet members and the 40-member House of Assembly chorus, “On your mandate we shall stand, Bola…,” – 13 solid years after he left office as governor, you should know Tinubu has Lagos State delicately in the palm of his left hands. Unmoved by the TinUbulation of politics, Tinubu’s gaze is perpetually fixed on political power as a means of personal reinvention on the road to social change”.
He said he loves Tinubu but hates his politics and prefers the politics of late Chief Obafemi Awolowo who shunned hero-worshipping “and movement of money in bullion vans on Election Eve”.
In his opinion piece, Odesola stated further that the allegations against Obasa, who’s the Chairman, Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria, are frightening.
He argued that these allegations should give Tinubu and APC leaders sleepless nights. He added: “They shouldn’t worry Tinubu, alone. They should also worry Buhari, whose regime has turned deaf ears despite giving Nigerians the whistle to blow on corruption. Since 2018, Nigerians have been blowing the whistle on Obasa’s alleged malfeasance, but the EFCC falcon refused to hear the falconers”.
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