SWITZERLAND, OCTOBER 11 – The Lagos State Assembly on Thursday threatened to arrest a former governor of the State, Akinwunmi Ambode if he failed to appear before the House.
The State Assembly claims Ambode has a case to answer in response to accusations relation to the purchase of 820 buses.
The threat followed the presentation of a preliminary report by the ad hoc committee set up by the House to investigate the 820 buses purchased by Ambode while in office.
According to a statement issued by the House, Ambode and some former government officials had refused to appear before the ad hoc committee of the House.
The former government officials include former Commissioners for Finance, Economic Planning, Justice and Attorney General, and Permanent Secretary, Economic Planning.
Chairman of the committee, Fatai Mojeed, in his report, stated that out of the 20 officials summoned by the committee, four did not appear, hence, the committee could not come up with a comprehensive report.
He added that the committee also demanded the transaction vouchers for the buses purchased, and the only response received from the Accountant General of the State, was that she relied on the Governor’s approval.
“Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode did not report to the House before commencing the purchase of the buses in question, and investigation revealed that over N48billion was committed to the project, excluding the import duty totally N20.2billion. Out of 820 buses in question, 520 are still at the Nigerian Port Authority, Lagos.” He added.
Following the report, Gbolahan Yishawu noted that the purchase did not adhere to the state procurement laws and accused the Ambode-led administration of refusing to get the approval of the House before purchasing the bus.
At the end of deliberations, the Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, directed the Clerk of the House, Mr. Azeez Sanni to invite all the affected government officials including the former governor, Ambode.
Recall that Ambode has been a victim of persistent attacks, both at the state and federal level, since losing out at the party primaries and failing to contest for a second term. Many beleive the former governor is being persecuted for falling out of favour with his political godfather and APC leader, Bola Tinubu.