A birthday party that the Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila, organized for his mum in dubai has come and gone, but its echoes are still stirring dust.
There was a media report on Monday that he spent public funds to stage the party but he has vigorously denied this.
Online media reports particularly claimed that the Speaker flew 300 guests to the location of the birthday party using public funds.
But in a statement signed by his spokesperson, Lanre Lasisi, he said he never touched public money to celebrate the mother:
“The story carried by Sahara Reporters on Monday, March 2, 2020, alleging that the Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila used public funds to take 300 guests to Dubai for his mother’s birthday is categorically false.
“The Speaker, his family and a few friends were in Dubai to celebrate the 90th birthday anniversary of Alhaja Lateefat Olufunke Gbajabiamila, the Speaker’s mother.
“For the records, this event was strictly for family members and a few childhood friends for which no public funds were appropriated or expended. “Indeed not a single politician or a legislator was present at the event.”