LAGOS NIGERIA. (Feb 1) The Lagos State Governor Mr Akinwunmi Ambode has been threatened with impeached over alleged financial infractions in the 2018 budget and the yet-to-be-laid 2019 Appropriation Bill by the legislators of the state House of Assembly.
The House had on Monday after summoning the Executive adjourned, and the governor and relevant commissioners were given 7 days maximum grace to appear before the House to explain themselves.
The lawmakers said if they failed to show up, gathering of signatures for the governor’s impeachment would begin.
Reacting on behalf of the House at a news conference after Wednesday’s emergency meeting, the Majority Leader, Mr Sanai Agunbiade said that the House was not witch-hunting Ambode, but wanted due process on the appropriation bill.
The majority leader said it was illegal for the governor to start spending budget estimates without the appropriation bill being first laid before the House.
Agunbiade said that the House would apply the maximum sanction on the governor if he failed to utilize the window of one week given to him to appear before the House for explanations.
“The issue before us is not whether or not we want Gov. Ambode to end his tenure. He is still the governor of Lagos State and we take him as the governor.Hon Sanai Agunbiade
“Unless the budget is laid before the House, there is no budget before the House of Assembly,’’ he said.
“We now discovered that expenditures are being incurred and warrants have been issued in respect of the budget that has not been laid before the House.
“The House of Assembly is doing all these in the interest of the state and the intent that we want Lagos state to continue to flourish and progresss but we cannot compromise the Constitution.’’
Following the threat, about five different groups staged peaceful protests to the House on Wednesday, demanding that the House should desist from any attempt to impeach #Ambode.
In another development, a group, the Legislative Probity and Accountability (LPA) asked the Assembly to account for the N28.8 Billion allegedly collected as running cost.
“We are responding to various groups that have come today to appeal to the House in respect of what they heard and the seeming impasse between the executive and the House.
According to him, the House is doing all in the interest of the public and the tax payers’ money.
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