Despite efforts of Governor Akinwumi Ambode to assuage the fears that he may work against the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, due to the fact that his second term has been truncate, the Lagos Assembly have suddenly beamed their satellite on all his activities, to the extent of forming a parallel governorship. This has raised the specter of impeachment an octave higher, fueling speculations that he will be impeached before the end of the year. The rumor has become so strong that the Speaker of the Lagos House, Mudashiru Obassa, was forced to comment on the issue during plenary.
“We are not embarking on any impeachment process against the governor now. If there would be an impeachment, it would be from the governor and if there would not be any need for impeachment, it would be from him, based on his actions,” he said. “Even at that, impeachment is constitutional, so many speakers, senate presidents, presidents and others have been impeached all over the world. So, nobody can threaten us if it happens because we are representatives of the people. We don’t need the wailers to guide us in performing our duties. It is not out of place for us to do our job.”
Interpretation: The impeachment card is still on the table.
In a build up to the situation,one of the major bones of contention, which was the restriction of the Private Sector Participation refuse disposal firm, PSP, a firm that the Lagos APC godfather, Asiwaju Tinubu, has stakes in, has been ordered by the Lagos house to resume total duties, thereby sidelining Vissionscape, the brainchild of the governor. Obasa premised the order on the fact that they were not consulted by the governor before he engaged the firm. They summoned the commissioner for environment while giving directives to the local authorities to work with PSP.
The current parallel government being run by the House is not unexpected.Since Ambode lost the battle of second term, he has been uncharacteristically silent. Apart from the act that work has resumed in earnest in connection with the numerous road construction projects, his public visibility has decreased. The Man they call the Emperor of Alausa suddenly lost his sneer. Sources ndicate that even though he has publicly declared hat his project will be continued by the new APC candidate, Sanwo olu, he appears to have kept a cold distance from him. Fears of his tacit approval of the Peoples Democratic Party Candidate, Jimi Agbaje, is sparking a frenzy, and it is believed that his overzealous restatement of his loyalty may be a ruse.”They may finally impeach him”, a source that should be in the know told the magazine,’But this time, he may fight back. It all depends on his personal relationship with the state Attorney General, on whose desk the impeachment order will land.”
Indications are also that the Ambode saga is also part of the current war raging in APC, with the demystification of Tinubu as target..Tinubu is believed in certain quarters to have undue control over the finances of Lagos, and is said to have substantial interests in PSP. He is the grand master of Lagos politics, who the Federal Cabal allegedly tried to build alternative structures for Babatunde Fashola, a former governor and currently heading Power and Works Ministries, and Kayode Fayemi.Fashola .There appears to be a tacit hangup for his demystification.