Protesters under the umbrella of Lagos People’s Assembly(LPA) on Wednesday stormed the Lagos State House of Assembly over the planned impeachment of the Governor Akinwumi Ambode, demanding that the lawmakers should work with the governor.
With banners and placards bearing various inscriptions as of 11 am, agitators said the purported removal of Ambode from office could disrupt the peaceful conduct of the gubernatorial elections in the state come March 2, this year.
In a letter titled, ‘Governor Ambode and The Assembly Must Work Together for The People,’ and addressed to the House, the group expressed concern over the development in the state.
It read in part: ‘As a critical civil society stakeholder in the Lagos Project, we are gravely concerned with the unfolding political drama in the state, which may degenerate to a lockjam if not handled with the best statesmanship kits. We are fully conscious of the historical truism that that under a constitutional democracy, the executive and legislative arms of government must seamlessly work in harmony to deliver the dividends of democracy for the people. Both arms are equal partners in the business if constitutional, democratic governance.’
Human Rights activist and convener of the group, Declan Ihekaire, who led the protesters to the House, said based on the lingering crisis between the two tiers of government over allegations relating to the governor’s inability to present the 2019 appropriation bill, it was time for the two parties to sheath their swords and move on.
According to him, “Our credible investigation reveals that both arms of government are worried that the budget delay would invariably affect the ability of the government to complete various infrastructural projects commenced by the administration littering the state.
“If there is any other issue to be ironed out, this should be done amicably rather than bringing up the issue of impeachment. Ambode is part and parcel of the party, APC and should not be treated as an outsider.”
Addressing the group, Majority Leader in the House, Sanai Agunbiade, received the letter on behalf of the leadership of the House, and promised to present it to the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa.
He was quick to add that there was no rift between the executive and legislative arms of government in the state, stating that what many perceive as a rift, was just the House doing it’s job of making laws, carrying out oversights and other sundry issues, especially in the best and overall interest of the state.