- The threat by the Lagos state House of Assembly to impeach Governor Akinwunmi Ambode continues to generate reactions
- A Civil Society Organisation, Legislative Probity and Accountability, has issued the Lagos Assembly a five days deadline
- The group is demanding that the lawmakers account for the N28.8 billion running cost which they allegedly collected under the leadership of the Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa
A Civil Society Organisation, Legislative Probity and Accountability, on Tuesday, January 29, issued the Lagos House of Assembly five days deadline asking the lawmakers to account for the N28.8 billion running cost which they allegedly collected under the leadership of the Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa.
LPA's action is coming barely a day after members of the Lagos state House of Assembly moved against Governor Akinwunmi Ambode in an action that could lead to the Lagos state chief executive's impeachment.
The Lagos Assembly had summoned the governor to appear before it within one week over the 2019 budget, which caused disagreement between the two arms of government.
Should they fail to respond to their allegations, the organisation said it would mobilise Nigerians and other progressive forces and use all legal instruments to compel them to do so.
The LPA threw the challenge in a statement sent to Legit.ng and signed by its chairman, Olu Fajana in Abuja.
The organisation linked the planned impeachment of Governor Ambode on the desperation of his adversaries to hang on him accusations that he had been funding the campaign of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Jimi Agbaje.
“As a legislative probity and accountability non-governmental organization, we are demanding that the Lagos House of Assembly should within the next five days account for how the N28.8 billion so far collected as running cost by the Obasa-led House has been expended.
“If they fail, we shall mobilise Nigerians of like-minds and legally compel the Assembly to do the needful,” Fajana said.
According to him, the adversaries had also failed to find any evidence that Ambode sponsored thugs that disrupted the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship campaign flag-off in Ikeja few weeks ago.
The statement further read: “We have watched with keen interest the latest move by the Lagos state House of Assembly to impeach Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on accounts of alleged gross misconduct and infractions based on the 2018 and proposed 2019 budgets.
“While we will refrain from dabbling into the politics of this misadventure, we demand that the Lagos Assembly lawmakers must come to equity with clean hands.
“It is not our duty to ask the lawmakers not to probe Ambode if he has committed any infraction, we dare say that the Mudashiru Obasa has been collecting N9.6 billion each year and has so far pocketed N28.8billion as running cost out of which the entire members have been paid only N2.4 billion in three years.
“Where did the remaining over N26.4 billion disappear to? This question the Lagos House of Assembly must answer and fully account for this taxpayers fund before going ahead with their impeachment of Ambode agenda. It is alarming that the House collects N800 million monthly as running cost, out of which each of the 40 members collects N2 million.
“This huge sum amounts to N9.6 billion annually and in three years, the Obasa leadership has taken N28.8 billion from taxpayers for nothing! It is obvious that the whole essence of not allowing Ambode to present the 2019 budget proposal since last year is to cripple his government and make him vulnerable.
“It is worrisome that the state legislature has abdicated its responsibility and now busy phishing for grounds to impeach the governor four months to the end of his four-year tenure.”
Legit.ng had previously reported that the Lagos Assembly on Thursday, December 10, rejected a correspondence from Governor Ambode, which they found out was the budget for 2019.
The lawmakers, in discrediting the correspondence, cited section 121 of the country's constitution which stipulates that the head of the executive should present the budget before the House.
The lawmakers in their submissions, insisted that the governor must be the one to present the budget before the House.
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