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Lagos Lawmakers Move to Impeach Governor Ambode

Former Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode on Friday congratulated the Governor of Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola on his confirmation by the Supreme Court as the duly elected Governor of the State.

There was a new twist to the lingering crisis between the Lagos State House of Assembly and the state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Monday as some lawmakers called for his removal from office

E24-7 gathered that members of the state assembly Monday evening called for Mr Ambode’s sack over allegations of gross misconduct.

There have been lingering issues between the state lawmakers and the Governor, following his failure to present the state’s 2019 budget earlier in the month.

On Monday, the lawmakers accused the governor of gross misconduct and illegal budgetary spending because they had yet to approve the state’s budget for the year.

We gathered that out of the 34 lawmakers who spoke at the plenary Monday, 28 of them called for the impeachment of the governor while six others called on the governor to resign. It was also gathered that the majority of the lawmakers in a voice vote supported the impeachment of the governor.

Lagos State Governor Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode during an interview with Kwese TV ahead of the 2018 Lagos City Marathon

But in his intervention, the Speaker of the Lagos House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, said the house would allow the Governor to appear before the house to address the allegations of misconduct leveled by lawmakers. He, however, asked the lawmakers who still wanted the Governor to be impeached to gather signatures.

 

The state assembly thereafter asked the governor to appear before it in one week, with explanations on the alleged misconducts levelled against him or face impeachment. The house also agreed to summon Ambode and his commissioners for finance, economic planning and budget as well as the state’s attorney general.

All of the officials are to appear at the next sitting of the house scheduled for Monday.

There has been palpable mistrust between Ambode and the lawmakers following his failure to present the state’s 2019 budget to the lawmakers.  Ambode had failed to present the budget last December because the lawmakers were said to be on recess.

Last week, amidst high expectations that the budget would be presented to the state assembly, the presentation failed to hold.

The mistrust between the governor and the state lawmakers heightened in the wake of the Lagos State All Progressives Congress’ primaries that produced Babajide Sanwo-Olu as the party’s gubernatorial flagbearer.

Last October, the state assembly debunked speculations that it was plotting to remove Ambode, following widespread rumour in government circles that the governor would be sacked. Speaking at the time, the speaker,  Obasa, said there was no truth in the rumour.

“If there would be an impeachment, it would be from the governor and if there would not be any need for impeachment, it would be from him, based on his actions,” he had stated.

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