The Lagos State House of Assembly is ready to impeach Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and the real reasons why they want to take the action has been revealed.
According to details, the governor is being accused of gross misconduct and has been summoned by the house to appear before it over his failure to personally present the 2019 budget.
Ambode sent the budget to the house in December, but the lawmakers are not only angry that he didn’t do it in person, they are also angry that the spending of the 2019 budget has already commenced by the Executives without waiting for the lawmakers to approve it.
Speaker of the house, Obasa Mudashiru said:
“The Attorney General, Finance Commissioner and Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, that ought to have advised the governor did not do so.
“The most important thing is that we should let the people know that a budget that was yet to be approved is being spent.
“We must give the executive a fair hearing to come and explain what happened.
“The point has been made that there must be something before the House before you can commence expenditure.
“We want to call on the Governor to come within a week to explain himself along with the relevant commissioners.
“We can’t start gathering signatures for impeachment. We need to exercise patience and wait till another time.”
Mrr Gbolahan Yishawu, Chairman House Committee on Budget and Economic Planning, had this to say:
“We had issues of virement and monies being spent without approval. We had cases of items that were not budgeted for being carried out, it shows the executive rewrite the budget at will.
“The Constitution states that the State House of Assembly must approve all expenditures.
“We should begin an impeachment process if the executive does not retrace its steps,”
After criticizing Ambode for flagrant disobedient to the constitution and financial misconduct, which they say are impeachable offenses, the lawmakers advised the governor to resign or the House would begin impeachment process against him.
Plenary has been adjourned till Feb. 4.