A group, Lagos People’s Assembly (LPA), has warned the members of the Lagos State House of Assembly to desist from impeaching the Executive Governor of the State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode , saying that the two arms of government should find a common ground to resolve any ensuing misunderstanding.
The group gave the warning at the Assembly Complex, today, when they staged a peaceful protest to submit a letter to the leadership of the House of Assembly.
The Convener of the group, Comrade Declan Ihkaire, said that they were gravely concerned with the unfolding political drama in the state, which according to them, would degenerate to a logjam if not handled with the best of statesmanship kits.
” In recent time, the two tiers of government have been embroider in a crisis of confidence conflicts. The House has commenced an impeachment process against the Governor Ambode on the allegations that he committed an infraction of the constitution by not personally presenting the 2019 budget within constitutionally stipulated period yet, the Governor has started disbursing part of the budget. Governor Ambode on the other hand, claim that the Assembly refused to reconvene the House during its last yuletide holiday”, said Ihkaire
” However, if this impasse is allowed to fester into a huge political conflagration, the state and residents would be the victims of such a conflict. Beside the fact that general elections is fast approaching, mischievous detractors of both sides would not hesitate to gain maximum personal aggrandisement from the conflict. A situation that has potential to disrupt the state tradition of seamless transition of power and undermine it’s social and economic geometric pace of development”, said Ihkaire
The group however called on the lawmakers and Governor Ambode to shield their swords and concentrate on the dire need to complete all the ongoing infrastructural projects in the state.
Addressing the protesters, the Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade, commended them for their peaceful conduct, saying democracy is all about protest.
“You put us here to do some job which we are doing to the best of our ability, you have a right to tell us how you feel about what we are doing”, said Agunbiade
Agunbiade assured them that there was no trouble or crisis in Lagos.
He assured them that their letter will be presented to the whole House
“As you have confidence in us, so we have confidence in you”, said Agunbiade
Meanwhile, a civil rights organisation, Legislative Probity and Accountability, had given the Lagos House of Assembly five days ultimatum within which to account for the N28.8bn said to have been collected as running cost under the leadership of Mudashiru Obasa.
The LPA in a statement by its Chairman, Olu Fajana, on Tuesday threatened to mobilise Nigerians of likeminds and use all legal instruments in its disposal to compel the lawmakers to do so.
The organisation premised the planned impeachment of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on the desperation of adversaries to hang on his neck accusation that he had been funding the campaigns of the Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate, Jimi Agbaje.
The statement partly read, “It is not our duty to ask the lawmakers not to probe Ambode if he has committed any infraction, but we dare say that Mudashiru Obasa has been collecting N9.6bn each year and has so far pocketed N28.8bn as running cost out of which the members have been paid only N2.4bn in three years”