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Impeachment threat: Lagos Assembly C’ttee meets behind closed doors with Ambode’s deputy

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IBRAHIM QUADRI

In what appears as a way of resolving the current crisis between the executive and the legislative arms of the Lagos State government, a committee set up by the House of Assembly has met behind closed doors with the Deputy Governor Idiat Adebule.

Sources within the committee confirmed the meeting, saying it is part of an agreement to ensure that actions are taken in the interest of the state.

The Lagos state House of Assembly had recently given Governor Akinwunmi Ambode a seven-day ultimatum to appear before the lawmakers and answer to allegations of misconduct and infractions in relation to the 2018 and the 2019 budgets.

A committee headed by the Majority Leader of the House, Sanai Agunbiade, was set up by the House to meet with the executive over the friction.

The committee, it was learnt, met with some commissioners on Thursday.”Our people have also met with the Deputy Governor over the current friction. The meeting is just to find an amicable ground.

“We know the executive arm actually committed the infractions, but for the interest of the state and to keep it safe ahead of the election, we have to look for a soft landing for them,” the source said on Friday afternoon.

Apart from Agunbiade, the committee has members of the House including Moshood Oshun, Saka Fafunmi, Lanre Ogunyemi and Mojisola Meranda.It was learnt that the outcome of the meeting may be deliberated at a parliamentary session of the House when the lawmakers reconvene on Monday.

The lawmakers had alleged that the governor had begun spending the 2019 budget that is yet to be presented to the House as demanded by the Constitution.They also claimed that the governor went against the 2018 appropriation law of the state without recourse to the House.

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