More facts and details of impeachment proceedings initiated by Lawmakers in Lagos State to impeach Governor Akinwunmi Ambode have begun to emerge
The purported impeachment of Ambode came to public knowledge yesterday after the lawmakers, in a plenary yesterday, allegedly planned to impeach Ambode over allegations of spending money which had not been appropriated by the legislative arm of government.
A source from the governor’s camp who spoke to Lagos based legal expert, Richard Akinola revealed that the governor was been witch-hunted over allegations that he is sponsoring opposition party’s candidate, Jimi Agbaje.
The source who doesn’t want his name in print, also dismissed the allegations, describing it as mere insinuations, adding that, Ambode has been responsible for the funding of Sanwo-Olu’s campaign.
According to him, the main veiled allegation was that he was funding Jimi Agbaje, though this was not mentioned on the floor of the House of Assembly yesterday.
He described the allegation as ludicrous, his accusers having previously failed to establish that he sponsored thugs to disrupt the party rally weeks ago.
He wondered if it was possible for Ambode to fund the opposition without Abuja knowing, when he knew that all eyes were on him and was being closely monitored.
He stated that Ambode had substantially supported the Sanwo -Olu campaign.
“All these campaign publicity materials all over Lagos, where do you think they are coming from? Do you know that there are hundreds of campaign staff working for Sanwo-olu and they are being paid? Who do you think is picking the bills?
“The Governor of course. The problem is that some party leaders, claiming to be acting for the Sanwo-olu campaign council, are asking for the Governor to give them N3.5billion for the campaign but the governor refused.
“Don’t forget he is an accountant. He deals directly with the party’s governorship candidate.
“Coupled with this is the crazy campaign financial demands of members of the House of Assembly. They want the governor to finance their campaign, making unreasonable demands, telling the governor that that was the tradition. But Ambode refused.
“Reason they first refused to allow him present the 2019 budget until he settled their campaign expenses. When that blackmail did not work, they started their last night’s impeachment moves, accusing the governor of spending money without House’s authorisation. It’s just a smokescreen. That is the truth.
“If there is anyone working for the opposition, they are members of the House, otherwise why this move barely two weeks to the presidential election? Is it not to sabotage the president’s election?
“They would be shocked that everyone would go down in this exercise, including them. Orun nyabo kii soro enikan (meaning, if the heaven falls, it falls on everybody, not on one person).” Akinola wrote on his Facebook page.