- The move to impeach Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos has been stopped by the APC leadership in the state
- The resolve to end the impeachment move was reached after a meeting attended by members of the state House of Assembly and the ruling party
- Speaking on the development, Tajudeen Olusi, an APC leader in Lagos Island, said that both the legislature and the executive in the state will work amicably henceforth
The move by the Lagos House of Assembly to impeach Governor Akinwunmi Ambode was on Sunday, February 3, halted by leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.
According to a statement made available to Legit.ng, the rift between the governor and the lawmakers was resolved at a special governor’s advisory committee (GAC) meeting held in Marina, on Sunday.
Attendees of the meeting included Amode, Idiat Adebule, his deputy; Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governorship candidate of the APC in Lagos; Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the APC; Mudashiru Obasa, the speaker; Wasiu Eshinlokun, deputy speaker; and Tajudeen Olusi, an APC leader in Lagos Island.
Speaking to newsmen after the crucial meeting, Tinubu said: “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. Let there be more communication and consensus-building and understanding. All these are inbuilt in the democratic system.
“We thank the speaker and the leadership of the house. 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.”
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Olusi was certain that both arms of government will work in peace from now on. He said: “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 and 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.”
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the members of Lagos state House of Assembly had moved against Ambode in an action that could lead to impeachment process on him.
The Lagos Assembly also summoned the governor to appear before it within one week over the 2019 budget, which had caused disagreement between the two arms of government.
The governor was under the heat over the way he presented the 2019 budget as well as issues with the 2018 appropriation law of the state.
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