The speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, yesterday said the parliament has witnessed negative publicity in the cause of the rift between the speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara and the chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin over allegation of 2016 budget padding.
Speaking while receiving delegates from Kogi State House of Assembly, Obasa urged his counterparts from Kogi to rise above the current negative publicity ravaging its constitutional responsibility.
In a veiled reference to the face-off between the duo, Obasa said there was the need for members of the legislature to forge a common front in the interest of the public, adding that the legislative arm should be accountable in whatever it is doing.
According to him, “Our institution, the parliament has witnessed negative publicity, we must move together on high moral standards to assure the voters that we are ready to serve them.”
While appreciating the members of the Kogi Assembly for the visit, Obasa stated that “Lagos is the melting pot for us, which means we must come together to fight for the special status for the state. As we serve the people of Lagos, we serve all Nigerians as a whole.”
Earlier, the Kogi State Assembly Speaker, Imam Umar, said the House has gone beyond the recent crisis that brought down legislative activities in the state, adding that members have resolved to forge ahead.
Umar, who disclosed that it was only All Progressives Congress, APC, caucus of the House that was able to make the visit stated that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, members were currently attending the convention of the party in Port Harcourt.