There appears to be a crack in APC National Leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s political dynasty as members of the State Assembly is set beam its searchlight on Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu over the disappearance of three helicopters belonging to the state.
According to findings, the state lawmakers have already invited very close aides of the governor like Tayo Ayinde, the Chief of Staff and the commissioners for Economic Planning and Budget; Special Duties; and management of the Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF) to appear before them.
Chief Whip of the Assembly, Mojisola Miranda, raised the motion, with a call for an update from those invited and Caverton Helicopters, the company managing the choppers.
“In 2015, three helicopters were bought under Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to strengthen security. But they are nowhere to be found now. I will want us to look at it and get the concerned parties to tell the House the location of the helicopters”, she said.
The Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa, pointed out that the helicopters were meant for dual purposes – security and commerce.
Rotimi Olowo (Shomolu 1) recalled that when the purchase of two helicopters during the Babatunde Fashola administration was approved, a commissioner told the House that Caverton Nigeria Limited would operate them so that the government can make money.
The lawmaker said one was bought under Ambode, adding that it was important to know how they had been managed as well as details of funds generated.
Fatai Mojeed (Ibeju Lekki 1), Abiodun Tobun (Epe 1), Gbolahan Yishawu (Eti Osa 2), Noheem Adams (Eti Osa 1), and Olawale Olayiwola (Mushin 2) spoke in the same vein.
Adedamola Kasunmu (Ikeja 1) said: “I want to believe that Caverton Helicopters generate money from the helicopters. They should be very useful for air transport to isolation centres during this COVID-19 pandemic.
“The LSSTF gave out the helicopters for purposes of generating funds. The LSSTF should be invited, they have a Chairman and an Executive Secretary.”
This development, may believe is indicative of the crack in the political machinery of the strongman of SouthWest Politics – Bola Tinubu. “Giving that the focus should be on how to realize the Former Lagos governors presidential ambition come 2023, this looming probe may end up as an ill-wind that may not blow the parties in the imbroglio any good,’ sources said.
It was further disclosed that the lawmakers decided to become frontal after attempts to address their concerns were rebuffed by the office of the governor.