A report by ThisDay indicates that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode might be facing impeachment as All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders in Lagos state insists on his removal ahead of the 2019 general elections. According to the report, the leadership of the party in the state has, allegedly, concluded plans to remove him from office to guarantee its victory in next year’s governorship election. The report also stated that APC national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, had not only initiated the idea of Ambode’s removal, but had also given a direct order to the relevant quarters to that effect.
Although the impeachment plot had always been in the cooler as an alternative plan in the run up to the last primaries, it was played down as the leadership explored other options open to them.
With the first assignment, which was denying Ambode his re-election ticket, successfully prosecuted, stakeholders in the Lagos APC had allegedly put pressure on Tinubu to activate Plan B in their bid to finally get rid of the governor and whatever threat he might pose to the elections in the state next year. Sources in the party hinted that with the kind of money at his disposal and the control of the security architecture of the state, it would not be strategic to leave Ambode in office, when it was obvious that he was still unhappy with the humiliation he suffered during the primaries.
This move was activated a few days ago, when Tinubu was said to have told a northern colleague of Ambode that there was no going back on his impeachment. He was said to have told the northern governor that certain stakeholders in the state were no longer comfortable with Ambode’s demeanor and that the governor’s recent moves showed that he would be unkind to the party during the coming elections, and therefore, their best bet would be to get rid of him as fast as possible. While the impeachment move against him has not been properly angled or anchored on anything tangible, there have been several side-talks on the many other reasons why his impeachment had become inevitable. Generally, there have been insinuations that Governor Ambode might have some ulterior motives and might be thinking of playing the spoiler against his party, the APC, in the state for denying him a second term ticket, a suspicion the APC leadership claim to have on good authority. One reason the APC leaders are said to be moving against Ambode is that after promising to help fund the election of Babajide Sanwo-Olu, he made a U-turn and dismissed any such thing during a recent conversation with one of the contractors through whom the funding would have been made possible. The conversation with the said contractor was said to have been leaked to the APC leadership and other stakeholders, who then immediately related it to other suspicions they had since gathered about the governor. Besides, Ambode is said to have failed to show remorse to the party leadership and the political class over some of the grouses they had against his re-election. So the stakeholders are believed to be eager to activate the impeachment plot so that he would leave office without any entitlements. The next few weeks are expected to witness intense political intrigues, as the move to remove Governor Ambode from office begins to crystalise.
Impeachment rumours of the governor had reared its head after the Private Sector Partnership (PSP) officials in Lagos were ordered by the state House of Assembly to resume work immediately across all local government areas and councils. The order was given by Mudashiru Obasa, the speaker of the House, on behalf of lawmakers on Thursday, October 17, during plenary. Governor Akinwunmi Ambode had earlier disengaged most of the PSP operators from operating in the state after the introduction of a new environmental initiative through the Visionscape Sanitation Solution Limited. The lawmakers also ordered the clerk, Azeez Sanni, to invite the commissioner for environment, Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti to appear before the House on the matter soon.