If Ambode Behaves, He Won’t Be Impeached — Lagos Speaker

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If Ambode Behaves, He Won’t Be Impeached — Lagos Speaker

The House of Assembly has said it had no plan to remove the governor from office for now, explaining that his actions would determine if it would initiate removal proceedings against him or not.

The Speaker of the assembly, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, made this denials during plenary yesterday, noting that the reports of purported plan to remove the governor in the social and traditional media were fictitious and unfounded.

After the controversial primary election that produced the APC governorship candidate, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, there have been unconfirmed reports that the APC National Leader, Senator Bola Tinubu, has directed the lawmakers to commence removal proceedings against Ambode at a meeting in Tinubu’s Bourdillon residence.

The reports alleged that the APC national leader had not only initiated a plot to unseat Ambode despite his public pronouncement to support Sanwo-Olu’s candidature, but also gave a direct order to the assembly on the grounds that the governor might work against the APC.

During plenary yesterday, the speaker denied the reports that the assembly was plotting to remove the governor.

“I received telephone calls from prominent citizens over the alleged (removal) plan against the governor. Honestly, we had no such plan,” he said.

He lamented that the Solidarity Group of Nigeria (SGN) and factional Chairman of Lagos APC, Mr. Fouad Oki, “have been alleging that we threatened the governor to open the state treasury for them and that we threatened to impeach him if he failed to do so.
“So, nobody can threaten us, if it happens, because we are representatives of the people. We do not need the wailers to guide us in performing our duties. It is not out of place for us to do our job.”

Consequently, the speaker noted that the lawmakers “are not embarking on any (removal) proceedings against Ambode now. If there will be (removal) proceedings, it will be from the governor. If there will not be any need for (removal), it will be from him based on governor’s actions.”

He said removal was a constitutional procedural. “All over the world, many speakers, senate presidents and presidents, among others have been (removed). So, nobody can threaten us if it happens because we are representatives of the people.”

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