Lagos Assembly threatens Ambode with impeachment

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The Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday directed Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to resign or face impeachment.

On the surface, the bone of contention between Ambode and the Lagos lawmakers was this year’s Appropriation Bill, which the governor has not presented to the House.

Speaker Mudashiru Obasa told his colleagues at yesterday’s plenary that it was important to give the governor a fair hearing on the budget.

He said: “The Attorney General, the Finance Commissioner and Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, who ought to have advised the governor did not do so.

“The most important thing is that we should let the people know that a budget that was yet to be approved was being spent. This was why we could not attend to the governor on the budget on January 21.

“We must give them a fair hearing to come and explain what happened. The point has been made that there must be something before the Assembly before you can commence expenditure. We want to call on the governor to come within a week to explain himself along with the other officials.

“We can start gathering signatures for impeachment. We can exercise patience and wait till another time.”

However, there are more to the fight between Amode and the lawmakers than meets the eyes. It was gathered that after his re-election bid went up in smoke, the governor has underground been funding the campaign of the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Mr. Jimi Agbaje.

This was said to have infuriated the leadership of the All Progress Congress in the state, causing the ruling party-dominated state assembly to move for his impeachment.

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