Protests, as Lagosians kick against lawmakers’ planned impeachment of Ambode

It was a day of protests and demonstartions across Lagos by residents who kick against a move by the state house of assembly to impeach governor Akinwunmi Ambode.

The lawmakers had threatened to start an impeachment process against the governor for implemneting a budget that has not been passed by the assembly, as required by law.

On thier part, a coalition of independent groups in the state on Wednesday warned that the plan of the legislature could put the future of Lagos at jeopardy.

A petition on Tuesday by leader of the coalition, Mr. Olufemi Wise, noted that, “the future of our beloved Lagos State is at stake”, and accused the Lagos Assembly of re-enacting the Obasanjo era when governors were “illegally impeached”.

In another demonstration, a group of protesters took to the streets in Alausa to registerthe displeasure with the planned impeachment.

They beared all manners of placards and banners with various insriptions, condemning the move and declaring support for Ambode.

Security details and policemen at the entrance to the Assembly prevented the protesters from gaining access, but the demonstrators refused to vacate till the time of filing this report.

Meanwhile, the coalition lamented that the news of the impeachment process has already thrown the State civil service into confusion and in addition does not augur well for the investment climate of Lagos and of Nigeria as a whole.

“The group is calling on concerned Nigerians to sign up and make their voice heard.

“We are hoping to get 10,000 signatures within the next few days, following which we will unveil the next steps in our plan to ensure that politics does not get in the way of the development of our dear State,” Mr Wise said in a statement.

“It doesn’t matter what party you belong to, you can add your voice and vote to the campaign,” he added.

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