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No plot to impeach Fashola – House

By Gbenga Akanmu
LAGOS —MEMBERS of the Lagos State House of Assembly, yesterday, denied plot to impeach Governor Babatunde  Fashola of Lagos State as alleged by a national newspaper.

According to the lawmakers, impeachment is something that takes a long process and moreover the governor has not done anything to warrant it.

It was alleged that the lawmakers had already collected about 32 signatures that may lead to Fashola being served with impeachment notice over allegations of financial indiscretion.

Reacting to the allegation,  Chairman, House Committee on Information, Security and Strategy, Ipoola Ahmed Omisore, said the impeachment  scare was nothing but an erroneous belief.

According to him, “I can even swear if you want me to. There is no such plan to impeach the governor. I can also assure you that we have not discussed anything concerning impeachment. Some people are just speculating what is not.”

Asked if he was aware of the issue of the surveillance helicopters launched on Monday as the chairman of the House Committee on Security, Omisore said: “I am not complaining.

The Security Trust Fund is not a government institution; it is not an agency under the purview of the state government. It is an agency initiated by the government and funded by outsiders. It is not an agency of the government, so I cannot go there and ask them to open their book.”

But from all indications, it is glaring that all is not well between the state executive and the legislature, as sources at the Assembly revealed that the members were not happy with the fact that the governor purchased two helicopters and failed to carry the House along on the procurement.

“The House is really angry with the governor because he was supposed to inform the House on the procurement of those helicopters he launched,” the source said.

However, Majority Leader of the House, Taiwo Kolawole, said the impeachment rumour was baseless, adding: “There is nothing like that and I can assure you that if such a thing should take place, hold me responsible.

“We don’t need to comment on a report that is based on falsehood. So, you don’t expect us to promote something that is not true. Well, I don’t know where the obnoxious story came from.”

On his part, Babatunde Ogala said there was no such thought in the Lagos State House of Assembly, adding: “I can authoritatively tell you that there is a healthy relationship between the state executive and the lawmakers.”

In his comments, another lawmaker, Moshood Oshun said, “the information is new to me; I don’t know where it came from and I can say is that its rubbish and not real, there might be argument but we will always find a way of settling it amicably and we are in the same party so I don’t know what the story is all about,”


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