By Okunade Adekunle
The impeachment of the Executive Governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, by the members of Lagos State House of Assembly has met a deadlock as key leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos, intervened to ensure that the two arms of government reached an agreement to make peace in the political system of the state.
It was learnt that a Special Governor’s Advisory Committee (GAC) met today at State House, Marina, Lagos, to resolve the conflict between Ambode and the leadership of the Lagos State House of Assembly.
It was further learnt that the leaders told the warring parties to shield their swords and ensure that whatever that might be the problem be resolved amicably so that the party would come out victory in the coming general elections in the state.
Some of the leaders at the meeting include APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Lagos Central Senatorial Leader, Prince Tajudeen Olusi and other leaders of the party in the state. Also at the peace meeting are; Lagos APC Governorship candidate, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and his running mate, Dr Obafemi Hamzat.
At the meeting which was attended by Ambode, his deputy, Dr (Mrs) Idiat Adebule, Speaker of House of Assembly, Rt(Hon) Mudashiru Obasa and his deputy, Hon. Wasiu Eshinlokun-Sanni, the APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, explained that the rancour between the two arms was a great concern to the leadership of the party in the state, saying that the leaders had looked into areas where there was need for compromise by the warring parties to ensure peace reigns.
It was hinted that Tinubu said that there is need to do the right thing so as to build institutions and encourage concensus-building.
“In the last one week or so, there has been some talk about a conflict between the Executive and the Legislature in Lagos. This is of great concern to us. We looked at the source of the conflict, which is normal in a democracy and that is why there are also conflict-resolution mechanisms”, said Tinubu.
“We held a meeting on behalf of entire Lagosians. In the last one week or so, there has been some talk about a conflict between the Executive and the Legislature in Lagos. This is of great concern to us. We looked at the source of the conflict, which is normal in a democracy, and that is why there are also conflict-resolution mechanisms.
“We examined the grievances on both sides. As leaders, we also looked into areas where there has to be compromise. In order to build institutions and encourage consensus-building, we have to do what is right.There is no impeachment”, said Tinubu.
Tinubu called on both warring parties to have more communication, concensus-building and understanding, saying that they are key ingredient of conflict resolution in any democratic system.
“Let there be more communication and consensus-building and understanding. All these are inbuilt in the democratic system”, said Tinubu.
While eulogising the leadership sagacity of the House of Assembly, Tinubu added, “We thank the Speaker and the leadership of the House.”
Tinubu expressed appreciation to the executive arm for demonstrating respect for the party leadership in the state, saying that the strategic role Lagos plays in the development of the country cannot be overemphasized.
“We thank the Governor and the Deputy Governor. They have all demonstrated respect for the party leadership in Lagos. You know when Lagos sneezes, other areas catch cold. We are happy that we are able to resolve the conflict and things will start moving well going forward”, said Tinubu.
Also, APC Leader in Lagos Central Senatorial District, Prince Tajudeen Olusi, stated that the executive and the legislature must work together as one entity, saying that the leadership of the party had reached a decision for the two arms to work together amicably.
Olusi stated that the two arms must resolve the grey areas in their relationship, saying that their unity is needed to move the state forward.
“The APC leader has spoken. This is just to further confirm the decisions that we reached. Conflict is an institutional part of the governance, the Executive/Legislature must work together.
“We have reached a decision that they must work together amicably. And very soon, both the Legislature and the Executive must resolve the grey areas in their relationship”, Olusi declared.
From the look of things, the impeachment plan by the House of Assembly may not go further than what was debated at their last plenary session last week Monday. It is also likely that Ambode may be given softlanding when he is to present the 2019 Appropriation Bill to the House possibly this week.