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Lagos Assembly begins move to impeach Ambode



‘We’re ready to welcome Ambode to our party’— PDP

Lawmakers of the Lagos State House of Assembly have begun a move to formally start the process of impeaching Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, accusing him of incurring expenditure from the 2019 budget without presenting it to the assembly.

At plenary on Monday, the lawmakers gave the governor one week ultimatum to explain his action, saying failure to do so could lead to the commencement of impeachment proceedings.

Majority of the lawmakers at the plenary demanded the impeachment of the governor while some others asked him to resign.

But Mudashiru Obasa, the speaker, appealed to his colleagues to give the governor one final chance to defend himself.

He, however, asked those pushing for the governor’s impeachment to start collecting signatures.

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The budget presentation delay has been generating great friction between the assembly and the governor.

On January 3, Olusegun Banjo, Lagos state commissioner for budget and economic planning, had said the state’s 2019 budget of N852.317 billion had been submitted to the state assembly.

It was the first time in 10 years that the state would not present the budget before the fiscal year ended.

The commissioner explained that the governor had sent verbal information to present the budget on December 24, after the state executive council approval on December 19.

But the presentation did not take place as the house was on recess and could not form a quorum.

On January 21, the lawmakers frustrated the bid of the governor to present the budget.

Ambode had contacted the lawmakers that he was set to present the budget but he was not given the opportunity.

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