Ambode’s ex-commissioner indicts him over purchase of 820 buses

Ambode’s ex-commissioner indicts him over purchase of 820 buses

- Olusegun Banjo, a former commissioner in the administration of Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos, says the latter did not follow the procurement rules in the purchase of 820 buses

- Banjo claims a lot of activities and actions went on in Ambode's government without the knowledge of the cabinet members

- Speaker Mudashiru Obasa insists a warrant of arrest will be issued on Ambode if he fails to appear before the House's probe panel

A former commissioner in the administration of Akinwunmi Ambode, immediate past governor of Lagos, has said the latter did not follow the procurement rule in the controversial purchase 820 buses.

Olusegun Banjo, who was in charge of economic planning and budget in the government, told a panel set up by the Lagos state House of Assembly to investigate the purchase of the buses that Ambode did not involve the cabinet members in the procurement.

Banjo told the lawmakers that the government of Ambode was not transparent and that many actions were carried out without the knowledge of the commissioners.

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“The way the ministry was structured (under Ambode), it did not allow us to function well,” he said.

“The N24bn did not come to my ministry. We didn’t have a running system. As a commissioner, I could not approve one naira. All the MDAs approached the governor directly.

“I don’t know what happens to unbudgeted funds when it comes because the ministry of finance does not inform my ministry; we don’t have a running system," he said.

However, on her part, Shukrat Umar, accountant-general of the state, said the procurement was made subject to the approval of the state executive council.

"I would not know whether the Paris refund club was discussed or not," she said.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng reports that the speaker of the Lagos House of Assembly, Mudasiru Obasa, on Tuesday, October 15, said an arrest warrant would be issued against Ambode if he fails to honour the lawmaker's invitation.

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The speaker said the invitation would be published in newspapers before the action if he fails to appear.

This is coming after Ambode, alongside his commissioners for finance, Akinyemi Ashade and commissioner for special duties, Oladejo Seye, failed to appear before the committee of the House which is probing his administration.

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