A civil rights movement, the Save Lagos Group (SLG) has concluded arrangement to picket the Lagos State House of Assembly next week over what it termed an illegal impeachment process against the State Governor, Mr Akinwumi Ambode.
It also warned Mr. Mudashiru Obasa, speaker of the State House of Assembly against being a tool to be used by some selfish individuals to impeach Ambode, saying the group has fully prepared to legally resist any attempt to by the State Assembly to impeach the state governor.
Rising from the emergency meeting of the group in Lagos, the SLG alleged that the only sin of Ambode was his refusal to open the treasury of the State to certain leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State.
According to the signed statement by the group’s Convener, Comrade Adeniyi Alimi Sulaiman and copies were made available to Journalists after their meeting, the group said they have consulted like minds groups’ across the State for the mobilization to picket the Lagos Assembly next week in order to forestall impeachment of the governor in any form.
It described the plot by the Assembly to impeach Ambode as self serving and politically motivated, noting that the Assembly’s action was not in the interest of the Lagosians but an attempt to create confusion and bad political precedent in state.
‘’They wanted Ambode out of office prematurely because they didn’t want him to be entitled to the pension emolument of the exalted office. As a civil rights group that stood for truth and Justice, we must say capital ‘NO’ to selfish removal of the Lagos governor,’’ Sulaiman said. ‘’It is a shame on the leadership of the party (APC) that is claiming to be different to others to attempt to impeach a governor through ‘PALACE COUP’ on the basis of not satisfying certain political leaders’ interest. To us, we believe that the impeachment process in any democratic clime used to be the poor performance of a holder of the certain Executive offices.
“Truly, we are not members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and we should be less concerned on their matter; but as a responsible and responsive civil society organization (CSO) that believes in good governance, we cannot fold arms by allowing certain individuals to lay bad precedent for our hard earned democracy. Our democracy should be allowed to grow beyond the interest of godfatherism”.
Sulaiman, who doubles as Executive Chairman, Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice (CHRSJ) therefore, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to prevail on the APC leaders in the state to caution the leadership of the State House of Assembly against illegal attempt to remove Ambode because it might be catastrophic for the party in the state.