Fashola: Lagos lawmakers seek apology from senator

Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola
Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola

The Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, on Monday directed the Clerk, Sanni Azeez, to write a protest letter to the Senate over a comment by a senator, Danjuma Goje.

This followed a motion moved by the Chairman, House Committee on Information and Strategy, Tunde Braimoh, in respect of a statement credited to Mr. Goje (APC-Gombe Central) against the House.

Mr. Braimoh recalled a statement made by Mr. Goje, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriation, on July 5.

He said Mr. Goje had reportedly told the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, not to see the National Assembly as an institution he could control the way he controlled the Lagos Assembly.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mr. Goje had replied Fashola over issues bothering on the 2017 budget.

Braimoh said that the matter was reported in the national newspapers edition of July 6, 2017.

“The senator derogatorily referred to the Lagos State House of Assembly by saying that the National Assembly was not Lagos State House of Assembly.

“The statement is derogatory, uncomplimentary and it is an insult on the Assembly.

“The constitution does not give the senate power to superintend the state assembly.

“All the newspapers reported the story and it is an uncomplimentary and disparaging as well as an unparliamentary statement. The context in which the statement was made was slanderous,” he said.

According to him, the statement brings the House to public ridicule and it made people to feel that the House is a rubber stamp.

“Goje ought to be more civil with words with his status,’’ he said.

In his contributions, Rotimi Olowo, the Chairman, House Committee on Budget and Economic Planning, said Lagos Assembly was an institution that people of other climes appreciate.

Mr. Olowo said that if Mr. Goje has issues with Mr. Fashola, he should sort it out rather than insulting the assembly.

He, however, said that the house should write the Senate to reprimand the senator on the matter.

In his remarks, Yinka Ogundimu, the Chairman, House Committee on Finance, described the statement as provocative.

Also, Tobun Abiodun, the Chairman, House Committee on Works and Infrastructure, said that there were certain expectations from lawmakers based on ethics of the office.

“What Goje said is an insult on the leadership of this House. We demand an apology from Goje and the senate,” he said.

The House later adjourned the plenary session until Tuesday.

(NAN)


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  • Save Lagos Group (SLG)

    Premium Times Editor,

    Senator Goje is 100% correct

    Senator Goje is 100% correct. Lagos state House of Assembly is a parody.
    It has never lived up to the creed of a parliament; neither showing honesty of purpose
    nor sense at oversight function. It is worse than a rubber-stamp and worse than lapdog.
    Nigeria would be a better place if Lagos House of Assembly were repealed as a moronic
    assembly of un-thinking creatures. How could Lagos State Assembly assert a reputation
    it doesn’t have, when it has never – since 1999 – held the executive branch to account on
    either treasury theft or for corrupt acts? How did ₦800 billion go missing; unaccounted,
    in the bogus 8-year final accounts Raji Fashola handed over to Akin Ambode?

    • princegab

      Please tell us what you know about the theft of “800 BILLION” from Lagos state’s treasury in 8 yrs of Fashola. Sir too bogus to be true.

      • Save Lagos Group (SLG)

        @princegab:disqus & @curtxmaccido:disqus

        Fashola submitted forged a handover note in May 2015 saying he received 2.34 trillion Naira total
        revenue in his fraudulent 8-year tenure. That handover note was utterly false and fabricated.
        Later on, his Commissioner for Planning, Ben Akhabueze, told Punch newspaper that not
        less than ₦400 billion was received as gross revenue in each of those (8) eight years,
        meaning that gross revenue should be ₦3.2 trillion – and not the ₦2.3 trillion
        Raji Fashola fraudulently understated to cover up the missing and therefore
        stolen sum of ₦800 billion from the Lagos treasury under his rogue regime.
        The anti-corruption agency (ICPC) then declared Raji Fashola wanted.
        Raji Fashola was declared wanted on 3rd September 2015 by ICPC.
        President Buhari then coyly named Raji Fashola a Minister on the
        30th September to impede a criminal proceeding now pending.

        • princegab

          Thanks very much for the detail info, we shall revisit fashola’s case after his “immuniti”, assuming Akhabueze is telling the truth for now. N800 billions too bogus, i repeat.
          Thanks anyway.

    • Curtx Maccido

      N800 billion go missing and unaccounted for….? How? Did you get this from the hand-over note to Ambode? If yes, it will be nice to have a copy of this hand-over note

      • Noble

        I know the guy you responded to has right to speak, but I will advice you don’t waste your precious time on such fellow who takes delight on rumours.

    • Suleiman Alatise

      Yet house of assemblies countrywide hailed the Lagos state house as the center of excellence, and even wished to be like it, next time you want to lie,don’t do it here please.

  • princegab

    Goje and the Senate must tender their apologies to Lagos state for hos juvenile tantrums.

  • Ayo Aiyelabola

    It is gratifying that the Lagos House of Assembly has noted the disparaging manner Danjuma Goje referred to it whilst contributing to a debate on the floor of the senate. However to expect him to retract his flippant statement or even apologising for making the statement is to put him in the dress that does not fit him – that of a gentleman. May he thinks he should be given that appellation- “distinguished “? Is he not extinguished?

  • Deansmart

    If lagos state house of assembly is controlled by mr raji fashola said by corrupt senator Goje and lagos state is what It is today, I thinks that controls benefits lagosian ,and what was the achievement of Mr Goje when he was the governor of gombe betwen 2003 till 2011 ?nothing ,but stealing, EFCC is waiting for you flipping corupt politicians

  • OJpo

    TOO MUCH MONIES.
    Majorities of Nigeria SENATORS does not think before they TALKED. They have TOO mush
    MONIES in their wallets and, now they not CAN not even think appropriately anymore. It’s unfortunate that our SENATORS can’t control their monies but rather it’s other way round, it’s their monies that is now controlling their HEADS .
    They spew up rubbish out from their whenever they SPEAKS.No more intelligent.

  • Border_Marksman

    Hey. Isn’t Liar Mohammed’s son a member of the Lagos Assembly? I hear he is no where as handsome as his father.

  • Dan arewa

    Good job another brilliant move from Lagos, this thief from Gombe is questioning a minister with three portfolios working tirelessly to make our country great, if Fashola run for governor in Gombe state he will defeat this senator hands down, our senators have lost direction, I wander whose interest they represent.