- The Lagos PDP governorship candidate, Jimi Agbaje said the plot to impeach Governor Ambode by the state lawmakers is meant to shame him
- Agbaje said the lawmakers hinging their action on the purported delay of the budget is simply a smokescreen for a hidden agenda
- The PDP governorship candidate urged Lagosians to choose its party as the viable alternative in the coming elections
The Lagos state Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s governorship candidate, Jimi Agbaje, has reacted to the plot by the state House of Assembly to impeach Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, saying that the lawmakers’ move is meant to intimidate him.
The lawmakers had accused Governor Ambode of incurring expenditure from the 2019 budget without presenting it to the assembly.
They subsequently issued the governor a week ultimatum to explain his action, saying failure to do so could trigger impeachment proceedings against him.
Reacting to the lawmakers’ move, Agbaje said the move is capable of threatening the smooth running of the state.
The Cable reports that the PDP governorship candidate accused the lawmakers of using the delayed budget as an excuse to carry out a hidden motive, which he claimed, was an act to shame the governor.
Agbaje also noted that the timing of the impeachment was wrong as the 2019 general election is few days away.
“I received the news of the impending impeachment of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode with a lot of reservation, especially with its timing and motive. This is just 19 or so days to the federal elections and the governorship, a fortnight thereafter. So the natural questions to ask are: Why this haste? And what is the motive?” the statement read.
“Of course, the way Lagos politics has been structured over the last two decades, government actions are often dictated by open and covert objectives.
“That the legislators are hinging their action on the purported delay of the budget is simply a smokescreen for a very shameful undertone that the honourable assembly members will not want to make open. They are yet to tell us their actual motivation for this superfluous move to shame the governor.
“Governance has ground to a halt owing to the schism between the two arms of government, both of which are dominated by APC. From all indications and from the findings that I have conducted, the action of the lawmakers is nothing but self-serving as dictated to them by the cabal ruling the state.”
He urged the people of the state to choose the PDP as the best alternative to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
He said: “The situation, in which we Lagosians find ourselves, calls for prayers. But more than that, the people of the state should take the practical step of voting PDP into office as the viable alternative.”
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Meanwhile, the rift between the Lagos state House of Assembly and the executive arm might be be taking another turn with the lawmakers reconvening for an emergency parliamentary session on Wednesday, January 30.
The House had on Monday, January 28, adjourned till February 4, but with new developments, reconvened for the emergency session.
The House summoned Governor Ambode and relevant commissioners to appear before it in seven days to explain themselves.
The lawmakers said if they failed to show up, gathering of signatures for the governor’s impeachment would begin.
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