We are not witch-hunting Ambode – Lagos Assembly

The Lagos State House Assembly has said that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and some of his commissioner invited to explain infractions on the state budget must appear before it.

The Majority Leader, Sanai Agunbiade, said the Assembly was not witch-hunting the governor, adding that the alleged infractions were serious issues that the Assembly could not overlook.

He noted that the Assembly had yet to get a copy of the 2019 budget.

The lawmaker spoke during a briefing of House correspondents after an emergency parliamentary meeting of lawmakers.

Agunbiade said the House decided to correct some misconceptions being bandied around after the resolutions of the House on Ambode on Monday.

Referring to a protest by a group earlier in the day, the majority leader said the Assembly had no plan to truncate the tenure of the governor.

According to him, the major contention is that he has been spending from the 2019 budget which has not been laid before the House, saying such is against constitutional provisions.

He said, “The budget is supposed to have been laid before the commencement of another fiscal year, which has always been the practice in the state, and unless it is laid, you cannot spend from it. But the governor has gone ahead to make expenditure from the budget.

“There are also some infractions the House observed about the 2018 budget, expenditures made outside the budget, which necessitated the invitation the House extended to him and some commissioners to come and explain things.
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