2nd September, 2010
Basking in the euphoria of the six weeks break which terminated Monday, members of the LagosÂ State House of Assembly could only feel delighted as they gathered for plenary on Monday.
However, unknown to them, a bombshell awaited them. And immediately the Speaker, Rt. Hon.Â Adeyemio Ikuforiji, asked if there was any letter to the House, a hush fell on the wholeÂ Assembly as the Deputy Clerk of the Assembly, Sola Ogayemi, read the one by the True Face ofÂ Lagos, the group that has been alleging financial misappropriation against the State Governor,Â Babatunde Raji Fashola.
First, the group reminded the members of their job as lawmakers. Then the group dealt the firstÂ blow: â€œMembers of the legislature are so elected to defend, first hand, the interest of theÂ electorate. This makes them important public officials.
â€œBut wherever the legislative arm makes itself susceptible to clandestine compromises, it makesÂ the electorate vulnerable to executive recklessness.
â€œThat is virtually the situation we have on ground now in Lagos State. Very regrettably so.â€
The group said it was forced to believe that the lawmakers have decided to play ball with theÂ executive arm because six months after allegations were made against the State Governor,Â nothing had been done by the House.
â€œAll that we have had so far are mere official foot-dragging exhibited by elaborateÂ window-dressing in the guise of an inconsequential adhoc committee on a matter of which many ofÂ us staked our very lives,â€ the letter read. While they blasted the governor for running toÂ court through a paid human rights activist, they also accused the House of sacrificing theÂ allegation to shield two of its members that have been accused of result falsification.
Vowing not to remain silent on the issue, the group said through the letter signed by ComradeÂ Adesina Adebayo and copied the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC),Â they wouldÂ soon begin to picket the House just as they would use every available means to ensure justiceÂ is done on the issue.
Reacting to the allegation, the Speaker of the House, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, denied that theÂ members were being used by the executive arm.
Hon Ajibayo Adeyeye, Chairman of the probe committee, who was accused of travelling with theÂ Governor, also denied the allegation.