I’ve pardoned you, you will no longer be removed from office – Tinubu tells Ambode [READ MORE]


The national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, on Sunday said that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos would no longer be removed from office.

Tinubu , who made the statement after a peace meeting was brokered by the APC leadership in the state , said the State House of Assembly had agreed to sheathe its sword .
According to him, the executive and the legislative arms of government in the state had resolved to work together in the interest of the state .

“ In the last one week , there was noise about the conflict between the executive and the House of 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 the 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 disagreement .

“ As leaders of the party , we have looked into that . We have looked into areas where we have to compromise , discuss , build the institutions and encourage them to really do what is right .

“ We have resolved that there would be 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 , ” Tinubu said.

The APC leader said that allowing the conflict to fester would have dire consequences not just for the state , but also the entire country.

The Assembly had last Monday threatened to remove Ambode from office for alleged gross misconduct, as regards the 2019 budget .

The lawmakers had given the governor seven days to defend himself, failing which , he would be removed .

The announcement had been greeted with protests by some civil rights groups , some of which threatened to shut down the Assembly if Ambode was removed.

The peace talk, which held at the Lagos House , Marina, was attended by Ambode ; his deputy , Dr Idiat Adebule; the Speaker of the 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, the highest decision making organ of the APC in the state ; the governorship candidate of the party in the state , Mr Babajide Sanwo – Olu and his deputy , Dr Femi Hamzat , among others.
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