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How Tinubu halt Lagos Assembly impeachment moves against Ambode

By Olawale Abdul-Fatah

Barely 24 hours to the expiration of Lagos House of Assembly’s seven-day impeachment notice to the State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, the National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has halted the plan, asking both parties to sheath their swords.

Tinubu argued that the plan could truncate the developments currently experienced across the state.

Addressing newsmen on Sunday after chairing a closed door peace meeting between the executive, lawmakers and some leaders of the party at Marina, he declared that there is no longer a question of impeachment against the governor.

Tinubu said it was gratifying to note that the conflict between the Governor and the members of the State Assembly had been amicably settled.    

The national leaders, who spoke on behalf of all the APC leaders in the State, said the executive and the legislative arms of government in the State had resolved to work together in the interest of the State.

“We held a meeting on behalf of Lagos, the entire Lagosians, our party – APC leadership. In the last one week, there has been noise about the conflict between the executive and the State Assembly. It is of great concern to all of us and particularly what Lagos represents across the country.

“We have been able to look into the source of various conflicts which is not uncommon in politics; what is the genesis of those problems? We are one big family and as a big family, you will have some rumples, you will have some disagreement. As leaders of the party, we have looked into that; we have looked into areas where we have to compromise, discuss and build the institutions, encourage the institutions to really do what is right.

“We have resolved there is no question of impeachment in Lagos State. Let the two arms of government communicate and continue to respect one another and build consensus and understanding. That is all about politics. Conflict and conflict resolution mechanism is inbuilt in any political system unless leaders are lacking in their responsibilities,” Tinubu added.

He thanked the Governor, his deputy, Dr Idiat Adebule and the leadership of the House for agreeing to the peaceful resolution of the conflict, saying it was evident that consequences of allowing such conflict to fester would have been dire not just for the State, but the entire country.

“We thank the Speaker and the entire members of the House of Assembly leadership. We thank the Governor and the Deputy Governor who had demonstrated firm respect for the party leadership in Lagos State.

“You know when Lagos sneezes, the rest of the political equation catches cold and we are very happy that we are able to resolve amicably. The Deputy Speaker is also here and all of them put together, we are assured that things will start to run smoothly in Lagos both the House and the government,” he said.

Also, a party chieftain, Tajudeen Olusi corroborated Tinubu’s position on outcome of the meeting, expressed optimism that the House would soon meet to resolve other grey areas.

“The National Leader (Tinubu) has spoken and mine is just to confirm the decision. Conflict resolution is an essential ingredient of management. We have looked into the problem and the party has directed the two arms of government – the executive and the legislature to work together and very soon, the House will meet and resolve all grey areas,” Olusi said.     

The meeting was attended by both the executive and legislative arms represented by Governor Ambode, Deputy Governor, Dr Idiat Adebule; Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa; Deputy Speaker, Wasiu Eshinlokun; Majority Leader, Sinai Agunbiade; Chief Whip, Rotimi Abiru, among other principal officers of the Assembly.

Others in attendance were all the members of the Governors’ Advisory Council (GAC), the highest decision making organ of the party in the State; Governorship candidate of the party in the State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Dr Femi Hamzat, among others.

 

 

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