Plan to impeach Ambode intensifies as Lagos lawmakers hold an emergency session

The Lagos State House of Assembly continues its move to impeach Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, the state governor, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) has reported.

The House on Wednesday convenes an emergency session over the impeachment.

The lawmakers had on Monday suspended sittings till February 4, however, the urgency to impeach Ambode made the lawmakers reconvene.

The lawmakers had on Monday disclosed its plan to impeach Ambode, an action it justifies by alleged financial infractions in the 2018 budget by the governor.

The lawmakers had given seven days ultimatum to Mr. Ambode and other commissioners suspected to be part of the alleged fraud to appear before it.

They disclosed that they will commence impeachment proceeding against the governor if they fail to appear before the house within the seven days period.

Some of the lawmakers had condemned the actions of the governor and had advised him to resign.

As a result of this development, about five groups have staged protests to the state assembly complex, placing a demand that Ambode should not be impeached and be allowed to complete his tenure.

This is even as a non-governmental organization, the Legislative Probity, and Accountability (LPA) had accused the lawmakers of taking N28.8 billion using running cost as a cover, and has asked them to account for the fund.

Mr. Sanai Agunbiade, the Majority Leader, addressing pressmen in Lagos confirming the impeachment proceeding, said they are not set out to witch hunt Ambode, but to ensure due process is followed.

We shall endure the governor face the consequence if he fails to appear before the house within the seven days period, Agunbiade said.

“If the public is saying the House should not impeach the governor, the public should also tell the governor to do the needful in respect of the budget.’’

 

 

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