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In Lagos, plots to impeach gov Ambode thickens

The lawmakers in the Lagos State House of Assembly have reportedly intensified their moves to impeach outgoing governor of the state, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode over an allegation of incurring expenditure from the 2019 budget without presenting it to the assembly.

At plenary on Monday, the aggrieved lawmakers gave the governor a week ultimatum to explain his action, saying failure to do so could trigger impeachment proceedings.

Majority of the lawmakers at the plenary called for the impeachment of the governor while a few asked him to resign.

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

Nonetheless, he asked those pushing for the governor’s impeachment to start collecting signatures.

On several occasions, the governor met brick wall in his attempt to present his last budget.

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 present the budget after 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.

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