coalition of civil society groups, under the auspices of Lagos Liberation Movement (LLM), has threatened to shut down the Lagos State House of Assembly, should lawmakers proceed with the impeachment moves against the State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, describing the action as anti-people and treasonable.
The lawmakers had threatened to commence impeachment proceedings against the Governor over alleged gross misconduct particularly with regards to the 2019 budget of the state.
The groups included the Campaign for Democracy (CD), United Action for Democracy (UAD), Centre for Public Accountability (CPA), Democracy Volunteers (DV), Ajegunle Collectives, Lagos People’s Assembly (LPA), Oodua People’s Congress (Reformed), Yoruba Revolutionary Assembly (YORA) and Ohanaeze Youth, Lagos.
Addressing a world press conference at the Airport Hotel in Ikeja on Thursday, the groups said with the development, it was obvious that “the Lagos Assembly was becoming a political abattoir for the murder of democracy in Nigeria”.
Comrade Mark Adebayo, the LLM Convener, specifically accused Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as being the “architect of the impeachment saga”, and urged all Lagosians and genuine compatriots across the country to “strongly resist the move by the Lagos lawmakers against the Governor”.
His words: “It is public knowledge that some days ago, members of the House commenced what is tantamount to a game of shame and senselessness, the results of which are predictably destructive by the ill-advised commencement of impeachment process against Governor Ambode.
“The question that most Lagosians are asking is ‘why?’. However, the reasons are not far-fetched: It is fundamentally the handiwork and retrogressive machinations of political forces of evil determined to keep Lagos State in perpetual bondage of a man playing God over more than 20 million Lagosians with a view to perpetuating a political dynasty of lootocratic recklessness, marauding corruption and a relay regime of nepotistic subjugation accentuated by an intractable malaise of primitive accumulation of the most deadly genre, spearheaded, commanded, guided and goaded by Asiwaju Tinubu we dare say.”
He said the coalition and indeed vast majority of Lagosians were convinced, beyond reasonable doubt, that the allegations against the Governor by the lawmakers were unknown to the constitution, but “a move basically propelled desperately by a few persons to have unrestricted access to the state’s treasury to squander on their political protégés running for public offices in the forthcoming general election”.